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what are your plans for spring break?
French Lick with my daughters!
No plans until Summer! Just relaxing!
Going with my family to an indoor waterpark in the Smokies.
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Staycation ~ projects around the house.
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Going to Florida!
Staying home, hoping for some nice weather!
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“Choose to be Happy” was posted in the women’s locker room, and I thought to myself, how true. I went back to read the article and it was a poem titled “Choose to be Happy” by Marlene Rose.
Choose to be happy Choose to feel great Choose not to let things make you irate I know that some people are not feeling great. And I know that some people just know how to hate And I wish that all people would be healthy and strong
And I wish that all people would just get along. If wands could be waved and the world would be cured I’d wave that big wand, you can be assured But I’ll do what I can every day I am here And try to remember the “good” year to year. And I choose to be happy And I choose to feel great And I choose not to let thinks make me irate Spring is here and the blooming flowers once again assure us that there is a good reason for the seasons. We all feel more invigorated and happy. Share your happiness with others by acts of kindness,
compassion and consideration. Help your children learn that when they are happy and content, they accomplish more. Our own attitudes reflect in our children, so choosing to be happy helps everyone. Aristotle wrote: “Happiness depends upon ourselves.” May all of the readers of Cincinnati Parent enjoy the festivities of spring and the many activities listed in our family friendly calendar. Most of all, “Choose to be Happy” and share your happiness with others!
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May Festival Chorus and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Chosen for Spring for Music 2013 at Carnegie Hall The May Festival Chorus and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of May Festival Music Director James Conlon, are thrilled to announce that they have been chosen to participate in Spring for Music’s third annual festival season in Carnegie Hall.
Cirque du Soleil
Cirque du Soleil returns to Cincinnati with its Big Top touring show, OVO! OVO by Cirque du Soleil is a headlong rush into a colorful ecosystem teeming with life, where insects work, eat, crawl, flutter, play, fight and look for love in a non-stop riot of energy and movement. See the show that has been dazzling audiences with its colorful costumes, upbeat music and amazing acts
Rising Star Studios Now a Program of New Perceptions Rising Star Studios, serving youth and adults with autism spectrum disorders and other communication challenges, is now a new program of New Perceptions, which serves over 700 children and adults with developmental disabilities in Northern Kentucky. Classes are forming now for the spring, in art, music, movement and life skills. More information is on the web at www.risingstarstudios.org. As part of Autism Awareness Month, Rising Star Studios will offer complimentary sample classes Monday, April 11 – Thursday, April 14, from 4-7 p.m. New Perceptions is located at One Sperti Drive, in Edgewood, Kentucky. Make reservations by calling 859-344-9322, ext. 15.
of contortion, high flying stunts, juggling, balance and much more. Spend the night with grasshoppers, flies, ants, spiders, a ladybug and many more colorful bugs in their underground playground. OVO opens under the blue-and-yellow Big Top April 22nd for a limited engagement at Coney Island. Buy your tickets NOW at www.cirquedusoleil.com
Skidaddles Skidaddles is bringing a whole new concept in childcare to Mason! Skidaddles provides drop-in, hourly childcare that is available without reservation or commitment. Skidaddles combines a bright, open environment with experienced teachers and a great curriculum to create a program that is fun and educational for kids and allows free time for parents. Children can drop-in to enjoy enrichment classes, preschool, or other great activities. Skidaddles is open every Friday and Saturday night until midnight with fun themes and activities so parents can enjoy a date night. Skidaddles has been open in Florence since June of 2008 and will open in April 2011 behind Whole Foods in Mason. Check their website for more information and details of the Grand Opening events at www.skidaddles.com!
Spring for Music, a new and innovative festival of concerts by North American symphony and chamber orchestras presented annually at Carnegie Hall to broad music-loving audiences at affordable prices, is being sold through a unique marketing structure built around adventurous and creative programs. Introductory presentations by each orchestra will be incorporated into the actual concerts. The festival becomes a musical laboratory that can foster greater innovation in each orchestra’s home market. The May Festival and the CSO are among only six organizations chosen with performances taking place in May 2013. It is an honor for these organizations, both of which have a long history of creative programming and unparalleled performance, to be chosen for this event
Xavier University and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center Offer Symposium for Parents of Children with Special Needs Raising children with special needs is a tough job. But it can also be very rewarding. That is the message of a symposium co-sponsored by the Center for Infants and Children with Special Needs at Cincinnati Children’s and Xavier University’s College of Social Sciences, Health & Education on Friday, April 8 from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm in the Cintas Center. Tri-state parents raising children with special needs will find information, resources and networking opportunities in an effort to build family resiliency and learn to not only survive—but to thrive. Plenty of free parking is available. Registration is $25, including lunch, and can be completed online at www.xavier.edu/familyresiliency
Brain Balance Achievement Center of Cincinnati announces official Grand Opening Events! WHO/WHAT: The new Brain Balance Achievement Center of Cincinnati announces their Grand Opening events, with co-founder and nationally known author of Disconnected Kids, Dr. Robert Melillo. WHEN: Monday, May 2, 2011 at 12 p.m., Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, Open House, Book Signing
WHERE: Ribbon Cutting, Open House and Book Signing to be held at Brain Balance Achievement Center at 12084 Montgomery Rd. Cincinnati, OH 45249. Professional Lecture and Parent Lecture to be held at Mason Community Center, Mason, OH 45040
Monday May 2, 2011 at 7 p.m. Professional Lecture by Dr. Robert Melillo
CONTACT: If you have questions, contact Greg Marischen or Michelle Balestra at 513-257-0705 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday May 3, 2011 at 7 p.m. Parent Lecture by Dr. Robert Melillo
For more information, visit www. brainbalancecenters.com/
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About the Brain Balance Achievement Center of Cincinnati This is the first center in Ohio! Over the last 10 years, the program has helped hundreds of children become more focused, improve their academic performance, and enhance their communication and social interaction skills. It does not rely on drugs, medical procedures, or psychotherapy. This unique approach combines sensory-motor, cognitive, and nutritional components all in one place!
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Breaking Your Everyday Routine Be Intentional With Your Motives
I recently read an article about the founder of Facebook. I learned a lot about not just him, but his motive and drive to great value through social networking. It got me thinking about being intentional with...well, just about everything. I started to think, "Am I intentional? " You might ask, intentional about what? Well, about what motivates and drives me as a person, wife, mother, friend and so on.
Most of the time, as a mom, I find myself being more reactive to a situation, rather than intentional about it. For instance, many times I make plans to volunteer, workout, make a home cooked meal and then one of my kiddos spikes a fever, throws up on the floor or does both at the same time. You know what I mean, as a mom, you can plan, but we all know that the best plans can change in a moments notice. I once heard someone say, "You want to hear God laugh? Tell him your plans!" So true, especially for us moms! This thought kept creeping up on my mind though. Yes, of course, I am intentional. I intentionally make my kids breakfast
everyday, I intentionally make sure they have clean clothes, have their homework finished and have food in their lunch boxes. I mumbled to myself, "My whole day is intentional." Then it dawned on me, we all have a routine and things that we have to do, need to do and even want to do, to keep our lives going. In all honesty, I was maintaining my family’s lives, but not really being intentional with mine outside of motherhood. “The purpose of life is to discoveR your gift.
The meaning of life is giving your gift away.” Then one morning, while changing the sheets on my daughter's bed, it hit me. How can I expect my kids to be intentional with their lives, friendships, talents and gifts if I am not leading by example? YIKES! I mean, I really want my kids to be intentional with their lives. I would not be working so hard as a mom for them if I didn't want the very best for them, right? So how are they suppose to know if I don't show them, lead them and help them? Right then, right there, I decided to be intentional. I started by setting up a meeting with each one of my kids after dinner that night. Earlier that day I had been at the grocery store so I grabbed three writing tablets that just happened to be on sale. After we ate dinner, I invited each one of them to come into the family room separately. I intentionally told them how proud of them I was. I listed their individual traits that made them special and told them how much I loved them. Then I handed them the writing tablet that I had purchased. I asked each one of them to keep it with them and to write down words that inspired them, made them happy, and things that they liked to do or wanted to try to do. I also told them to really think about what they were involved in, and if they really loved pursuing it. I told them to put down the word “like” next to their activities or “love” next to it. After all, if I am spending the time and resources on their activities at a certain age, shouldn’t they love what they are pursuing? Obviously, this does not apply as much for my 4-year-old currently, but my two older daughters I definitely think it does matter. A few days later, my fifth grader came to me and wanted to show me her tablet. We sat down and she showed me what she had written. She wrote: I love to write. I love to read. I like dance, but I don’t love it. I love soccer more than dance. I love dogs...I think I want to help or work with animals somehow when I grow up. I like
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music. I take piano, but I would like to try the guitar. I would love to play the guitar. Her list went on and I was shocked and pleasantly surprised on how intentional she was with what in her heart she already started to make sense of - things she wanted to pursue and dedicate herself to - things she loved. With that, I have started my own journal - jotting down words and things I love and want to be intentional about in the future. (The list does not include doing more laundry either.) It does, however, include making more time for myself outside of the everyday routine to pursue my passion for writing and speaking. I encourage you this spring to do the same. To take the time to be intentional. What is it that you want to pursue, learn, strive and grow to do in and outside of motherhood? As you do, your kids will learn from you and be inspired to do the same. While writing this column, I came across a quote by David Viscott that I thought was perfect to share. He said, “The purpose of life is to discover your gift. The meaning of life is giving your gift away.” Mary Susan Buhner is a Life Coach for Moms and author of “Mommy Magic: Tricks for Staying Sane in the Midst of Insanity” Visit www.Mommy-Magic. com for more information. Become a Fan of Mommy Magic on FaceBook!
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How to Save Your Money this Spring Where to Find the Good Deals
Spring is here. Birds are singing. Flowers are blooming and deals are sprouting everywhere. This is a great time of year to find bargains all around the Tri-state. You just need to know where to look, and that’s where we come in. From groceries to gifts, we’ve got the scoop on discounts and deals to help you keep more money in your pocket.
Let’s start with the necessities. Your body and wallet will thank you if you stock up on the fruits and vegetables that are in season this time of year. Dave Brossart, produce general manager at Jungle Jim’s, said you’ll find good prices on strawberries, asparagus, sweet corn and English peas in April. In May, enjoy sweet blueberries, cherries, grapes, nectarines, peaches and plums. Buying in season will save you a lot and is good for the environment because food doesn’t travel as far to get to your table. While you’re at the store, hit the condiment aisle. Marci Loehner with www.CincinnatiCoupons. net, said with coupons and store deals you can get condiments free. Loehner said she picks up enough bottles to last the whole year. Loehner said it’s also a good time to shop for your kitchen and electronic needs. Many
stores discount pots, pans and other items for all those June weddings, and for the high school grads, you’ll also find lower prices on computers, digital cameras and even vacuums. If you need to update your wardrobe, look for spring clothes on the sales rack in April, as stores make room for summer items. Stores will also start to discount First Communion dresses and suits. If you have a child who will receive First Communion next year, do what Laurie Thomas of Villa Hills did. She bought her daughter’s dress at Dillard’s last year. It was an $83 dress marked down to just $33! Her daughter, Lizzie, will proudly wear it for her First Communion this April. Some moms even buy two dresses in different sizes. They keep the one that fits best and then sell the extra dress. Just be sure to keep the tags on the dress to get your money’s worth. Speaking of getting your money’s worth, you can stretch your dollars farther at the salon this month. Many spas will offer discounts in anticipation of Mother’s Day on May 8. Mike Batchelor, general manager of Mitchell’s Salon & Day Spa, said his salons will offer $100 gift certificates for $80 in the weeks leading up to Mother’s Day. So treat yourself or someone special.
Now, whether you’re planning a “staycation” this year or a big family trip, there are bargains available if you buy now. Close to home, Kings Island has Gold season passes until Memorial Day. It includes free parking, early admission into Boomerang Bay and discounts on food and souvenirs. Don Helbig, public relations manager at Kings Island, said the park also has a Pay Once, Visit Twice deal. For $51, the price of a single day ticket, you can visit the park twice during the 2011 season. If you’re headed north, look for discount tickets at Cedar Point. Buy a ticket online in April to use when the park opens in May and you’ll save $15 per ticket. Public relations director, Robin Innes, said in late spring, you can also find special Mid-Week Saver discounts. Buy a ticket for $34.99 and use it on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday in May or June, and you’ll save $12. If your travel plans include fun in the sun with family, Mimi Amazon of Wayfarer Travel in Madeira, said you’ll find deals after Easter. Amazon said Club Med in Port St. Lucie, Atlantis and Beaches, a resort with locations in Jamaica and Turks and Caicos, will all be a little more affordable in May after the
Easter break travelers go home, and she added, they’re easy to get to for families with small children. Amazon said there are also good cruise deals to the Caribbean and even Alaska. Finally, the best way to save this spring is to drive wisely. With gas prices soaring up and with no end in sight, combine your trips, use public transportation and shop online to keep your money where it belongs – in your pocket. Amy Holtzman is a writer, producer and mom of three living in Northern Kentucky and is a graduate of Xavier University, Class of '92
incorporating exercise into your family life here’s no doubt it’s hard to juggle work, family and fitness. Let’s face it, a work out doesn’t even sound fun – it has the word ‘work’ in it. But if you combine family time with exercise and make a game out of it, it doesn’t seem so bad. As you read on, you will find 15 fun ways for you and your children to incorporate exercise into your daily lives.
1. Turn a hike into a treasure hunt.
Instead of walking from point A to point B, try looking for certain kinds of colors, f lowers, plants and animals. The one who spots the item f irst gets to choose the exercise you do together ( jump, run, skip) before moving on to the next treasure item. This keeps everyone from being bored and it doesn’t feel like it’s work. Also, the whole family is able to participate.
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2. Take part in a charity run/walk in your community and warm up for the event
4. Get the tech savvy kids involved through geocaching (a
by taking the whole family on a walk through your neighborhood to collect pledges.
high tech treasure hunt using a GPS).
3. Create a competition by purchasing pedometers for everyone in the family and see who logs the most steps each day.
5. Copy the television show and create your own “Survivor” game at home and videotape it. Kids love to be the center of attention and you’ll enjoy a few laughs watching it later.
6. Encourage your kids to make
12. Use your
their imaginations as well as their muscles. For example, Freeze Dancing, which is similar to musical chairs. Play music and start dancing and explain to your child that when you stop the music, everyone freezes and then you start dancing when the music plays again.
be challenging to get little tots active who might not understand exercise. So, use your imagination to create movements that stretch their muscles and get the metabolism going. Tell them to fly like an eagle, run like a deer, stretch like a cat, or jump like a frog.
up their own games. It will help stretch
7. Invite the neighbor kids over and have them complete an obstacle course in your yard. 8. Create a mini Olympic
competition in the backyard
with your children and their friends.
9. Play soldier and do the
mud crawl (lie down on the ground with upper-body weight resting on your forearms then move forward alternating between right and left elbows). First one to the end of the yard wins.
10. Go to the neighborhood
playground and ask your youngsters to make up a game of chutes and ladders (going from slides to monkey bars and back).
11. Check with your local park
system to see what they offer.
imagination with little tots. It can
jump roping is a great exercise.
13. Swimming is a great way to exercise
without jarring little bones. The water supports your body and is also a good overall conditioner to strengthen your arms, legs, heart and lungs. My son and I like to sit on those long noodles and move our legs like we are running and race each other through the deep end.
14. Use DVDs for exercise on
rainy days. One of the biggest challenges can be figuring out how to keep the family active when it’s cold or rainy outside. The added challenge of being trapped inside is the proximity of the cupboard and refrigerator. Exer-gaming is the new buzz word to get those couch potatoes off their bottoms and moving while they’re playing video games. You can also rent a DVD to watch that allows you to exercise at the same time. My son and I dance with Michael Jackson. Some other popular DVD’s include “Care Bears: Fitness Fun” and “Sesame Street: Happy Healthy Monsters”.
15. Jump roping is a
great exercise. Visit www. jumpkidsjump.org for more information on family jumping tips and jump rope rhymes and songs.
In essence, it teaches children are physically active increase the likelihood that physical that their kids will be active & healthier. activity is something you commit to in order to enjoy a life of good health. So it’s a big circle. If your children are healthy and happy, you are happy. Furthermore, Jarard believes, “Physical activity is vital for the proper development of children. Not only does it provide exertion needed for proper bone and muscle development as well as metabolism; but, it is crucial for full sensory, f ine and gross motor skills, and neurological functioning,” she said.
doctors and fitness experts believe parents who
Words from the Experts Doctors and f itness experts believe parents who are physically active increase the likelihood that their kids will be active & healthier. “It sets a value priority in life for the family,” said Elyse Jarard, a certif ied personal trainer of Venus Fitness in Cincinnati.
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Jarard shared that there is research that claims increased physical activity correlates to higher test scores in children, and the prevention or slowing of neurodegenerative disease such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer’s. She said studies have shown that certain movements actually stimulate specif ic brain centers that help with listening, concentrating, speech, writing, reading and doing math. The hard part for most people is determining how much exercise is necessary. “60 minutes a day of
activity is recommended for children 9-12 years old,” said Gretchen Aberg, an ACE-Lifestyle & Weight Management Consultant at Mercy Health Plex who designed an Elementary Wellness Program at one of the Fairf ield Elementary Schools. “Within that 60 minutes you should include a variety of aerobic, strength, and impact,” she said. Aberg explained that aerobic activity helps build the heart and lungs. She advised walking briskly, running, biking, swimming or aerobic dance. Strength activity builds muscles. For that, Aberg suggests push ups, sit ups, pull ups and weight training exercises. And f inally, she said impact activities help build bones. Whatever the activity, experts stress that warming up is essential to preventing injuries.
Obesity Pandemic The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has actually declared an obesity pandemic. Its experts claim 66% of Americans are overweight or obese and that the number of overweight children has tripled in the last 40 years. They believe deaths from obesity will surpass deaths from tobacco use within two years. So playing together through exercise really could extend your child’s life. The added bonus is that these family related physical activities can also create wonderful memories that children take with them throughout their lives and pass on to their children. Kimberly Harms is a freelance writer with four children ages 6-25.
COMMENTARY & PARENTING
Rain Barrels and their Positive Impact
Each year, homeowners are becoming more environmentally conscious. Whether it’s recycling newspapers or reusing nature’s f inest gift of water, we are looking for ways to lessen our “environmental footprint”. One of the easiest ways to save money and do well by Mother Nature is to reuse rain water in a rain barrel.
Rain barrels are an economical and environmentally friendly way to reuse water. Rain barrels are connected to a down spout to collect water that runs off the roof when it rains, with a quarter-inch of rain f illing a 55-gallon barrel. By capturing rainwater, homeowners reduce the use of city water by reusing the water for residential watering or cleaning.
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“Rain barrels are a free source of rain water that is fluorine and Rain barrels start at 85 dollars retail. Interesting do-itchlorine free for use to water plants and lawns, as well as washing yourself kits and instructions are available online. cars and other outdoor objects,” said Wes Duren, vice president of landscape/construction with Marvin’s Organic Gardens. It’s a Team Effort Environmentally, 55 to 75 gallons of recycled water may not seem like it’s making an impact, but it is. If How You Can Help by Using Rain Water neighbors join in the effort and use more than one barrel According to the Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater for themselves, a neighborhood could make an impact on Cincinnati, recent heavy storms have shown the power of their waterways while also saving money on water bills. water in the Cincinnati region and the need to effectively manage what falls from the sky. Storm water runoff How much is 75 gallons? The Greater Cincinnati Water overwhelms the city’s combined sewer and drainage Works website notes the typical family uses 70 percent of their systems, creating a multitude of problems for residents. water in the bathroom. Toilets and showers have a flow rate Whether the problems are overflowing easements and basements of five to seven gallons per minute; dishwashers and clothes washers use less than three gallons per minute. A rain barrel or washing street contaminants down to the streams and holds about 10 flushes worth of water, and that’s a lot. rivers, rain can be redirected and reused in a rain barrel. Today’s rain barrels are made with plastic or treated wood and hold up to 75 gallons of water. They include a vinyl hose, PVC couplings, a screen grate to keep debris and insects, particularly mosquitoes, and other items out of the water. Rain barrels can be connected to each other to collect even more rain water. Several hardware stores and non-for-profit organizations sell rain barrels including Marvin’s Organic Gardens and Lowe’s. Retailers and online stores sell recycled plastic containers repurposed as rain barrels, PVC barrels, terra cotta or wooden barrels. “We use recycled barrels from the pickle industry, barrels from wineries and some wooden barrels,” Duren said.
Using a rain barrel will save a homeowner about 1,300 gallons of water use for lawn care during peak summer months. Rethinking how to use nature’s finest resource will save money and will help to improve Ohio’s waterways and wildlife. By investing a few hundred dollars in long-lasting household items like a rain barrel or compost bin and by taking the time to recycle, each of us has the ability to make an impact that will last generations from our time. Nikki Keever is a freelance writer living in Noblesville, Indiana with her husband, three children and two dogs.
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Celebrate Arbor Day by planting a tree on April 29.
Your Questions of Teachers— Answered
with work in every subject when he returns to school. He has all the current assignments to complete on top of f inishing up the missing work. Is it really essential for him to make up all the schoolwork that he missed in class during the time he was sick? - Catching-Up
Celebrate Arbor Day This Year Parents: April is jammed with events. There is National TV Turnoff Week the week of April 18 through 24, Earth Day on April 22 and Arbor Day on April 29. Keep these dates in mind as teachers in your children’s classrooms may be introducing activities for these events for you to do at home with your children. One of these events in particular has not received the attention that the others have; Arbor Day. Why not introduce activities for your family to do that center around Arbor Day? This holiday ties in nicely with also turning off the TV and the celebration of Earth Day. The traditional idea behind this 135-year-old holiday was to have a special day set aside for tree planting. However recently, other ideas have been tied into the celebration, which involve communities organizing public beautif ication projects, hosting concerts that play songs about trees, and organizing paper drives in hopes of saving trees. If your community is offering one of these events, try to take part in it. Or, take part in your own activity. At home, your children can watch the enjoyable video “It’s Arbor Day, Charlie Brown” while learning about preserving green space. Or perhaps your children can learn the names of the trees in your yard or neighborhood. And of course, your family can plant a tree. So mark your calendars for April 29 and remember to celebrate Arbor Day!
Handling Make-up Work after Absences My son who is in middle school has been sick quite a lot this year, making him fall behind in his schoolwork. Every time he is ill and is absent from school, he is completely inundated 16 CINCINNATI PARENT * APRIL 2011
Classes are organized in such a way that each day some new material is usually presented and expected to be mastered within a certain number of lessons. There is also review work that helps children learn recently presented lessons. Furthermore, in some classes, it is absolutely essential for current material to be mastered so future lessons can be handled. This is especially true in math and science classes. For this reason, it is important for children to make up at least part of most missed lessons. Textbook chapters almost always need to be read. Failing to make up key materials can lead to diff iculties in mastering new materials as well as poor test scores. Making up work can be easier if the children get the daily assignments from their school while they are still at home. Call your son's school and make arrangements to get his work so that he will have more of it completed before returning to school. In some schools, teachers make this easy by posting daily assignments online. You need to talk to your child's teachers, especially if his illnesses stop him from doing his schoolwork at home. A plan needs to be devised that will help him stay as current as possible when he misses school, without drowning him in work upon his return.
in the morning and another five minutes in the afternoon to discuss only one issue in a one-on-one conversation. He chooses the issue to be discussed. Later on, as your son realizes his views are being heard, this discussion time can be reduced.
Learning through Music
Before my girls were 3-years-old, I put the spelling of their names to music. I also put our telephone number to music, and that helped them learn this important information easily. Further, when they were 3-years-old and older, we played word games such as: "Give me a word that starts with the letter ..." or "Give me a word that sounds like ...." Just thought these ideas might be of value to other parents. - Creative Mom
Using music to teach your children vital information is a good approach. It also could be used to teach them their home address and parents' names. These are things that young children should know. Starting young children out in learning letters and sounds by playing word games is better than using workbooks, because it is a more interesting approach. Plus, they can be played everywhere. Parents should send questions and comments to email@example.com or ask them on the columnists’ Web site at www.dearteacher.com.
Using music to teach your children vital
Handling a Stubborn Child at School My fifth-grader is a very stubborn child. He never budges an inch when he thinks that he is correct. While we find this very annoying at home, his teacher this year is very impatient and not very nice when he digs in his heels because the child believes that he is correct. The teacher is tired of his continual arguing over the correctness of his views. How can we turn this around? - Not the Teacher's Favorite
You need to tell your son that you are supportive of him having his own ideas. You don't want to crush him for expressing his views. At the same time, he needs to learn when and how to make a point when there is a disagreement. One possible solution for the classroom, that could work at home too, is for him to write down what his disagreements are with the teacher. Then the teacher could give him five minutes
information is a good approach.
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Kinder Garden School
9920 Carver Road, Cincinnati, OH 45242 513-985-9444 www.TheGardnerSchool.com Ages 6 weeks - Pre-K This award-winning, academically focused preschool has recently opened in the Blue Ash Community. You want the best for your child, and so do we. With our nationally-recognized curriculum taught by our degreed teaching faculty, we are committed to providing a nurturing environment for learning readiness where your child can prepare for academic achievement and lifelong success.
Blue Ash - 10969 Reed Hartman Highway, Blue Ash, OH 45242 Contact: Tami Lanham Phone: 513-791-4300 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org West Chester - 5900 West Chester Road, Ste. C, West Chester, OHIO 45069. Contact: Trudi Simpson Phone: 513-874-3100 Email: email@example.com www.kindergardenschool.com Grades: 6 weeks through kindergarten Enrollment: Please call or email. Together with interaction of child, staff and family, we develop the complete child. In our Kinder Garden, we provide formative encouragement and knowledge with hands-on staff taking a personal interest in family and holistic education decisions for the child. Kinder Garden School is devoted to growing a child’s wish to flourish and learn by cultivating curiosity and problem-solving proficiency in a full supportive, fertile, fun setting. ENLIGHTENMENT IS OUR MISSION.
Goddard School The Compass School 9370 Waterstone Blvd., Cincinnati, OH 45249 Contact: Laura Carr Phone: 513-683-8833 Email: CompassLC@yahoo.com www.TheCompassSchool.com Ages 6 weeks-6 years plus after school & summer camp up to age 12. Offering outstanding ReggioInspired full and part-time Infant, Toddler, Two’s, and Preschool programs, as well as Kindergarten, After School, and Summer Camp for school-age children. Degreed teachers, extensive parent communication, and welcoming family environment. Setting the standard in early care and education. Call today for your personal tour.
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4430 Red Bank Expressway, Cincinnati, OH 45227 Phone: 513-271-6311 Grades: Ages 6 weeks to 8 years The Goddard School provides the foundation to encourage your child’s lifelong love of learning. Whether gently holding your infant, encouraging your toddler to share, or providing your preschooler with a variety of enriching activities, caring teachers support your child’s healthy development from 6 weeks to 6 years, and up to 8 years for after-school enrichment. To learn more about The Goddard School® in you neighborhood, call 1-800-GODDARD or visit online at www.goddardschool.com.
Pleasant Ridge Presbyterian Nursery School 5950 Montgomery Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45213 (513)631-0170 www.prpc.org Grades: 2 1/2 - 5 years, Parent/
Child classes birth to 32 months Enrollment: 65 Professionally qualified teachers provide active, expressive, child-centered learning experiences at this 3-star award-winning program. Choose 2, 3, 4, or 5 day AM or PM sessions. Excellent ratios, degreed teachers and spacious, sunny, classrooms await your preschooler. Parent and child classes also available for babies and toddlers.
Skidaddles 5939 Deerfield Blvd., Suite 104, Mason, OH 45040 Contact: Tiffany Sams, President Phone: 513-204-3482 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.skidaddles.com Grades: 18 months - 12 years Enrollment: New registrations are always welcome. Register once and use both locations - Mason, OH and Florence, KY! Skidaddles offers convenient and reliable care that is available without reservation. Drop-in days, evenings, and weekends whenever you need childcare. Whether you need care for a few hours or all day, part-time, or full-time with flexibility, we can accomodate all your childcare needs! Feel confident knowing your children are having fun and learning while being cared for by well qualified staff in a safe and clean environment.
Montessori Central Montessori Academy 1904 Springdale Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45231 Laura Saylor 513-742-5800 email@example.com www.centralmontessoriacademy.com Infancy through Sixth Grade Enrollment: 110 At C.M.A., children (infants through sixth-graders) learn at their pace, building self-esteem while being taught as individuals. Our program is academically rigorous while stressing life skills (i.e. critical-thinking & courteous behavior). The result: motivated & self-disciplined lifelong-learners who are students of life just as much as they are of academics.
The Child’s Place 4936 Old Irwin Simpson Rd, Mason, OH 45040 (513)398-6928 www.montacademy.org Grades: 6 weeks through 4 years Enrollment: 150 Montessori Early Childhood Program! Exceptionally low ratios in a nurturing environment! Our 2-acre campus provides bike and cart paths. Separate play areas for toddlers and preschoolers. Spanish and Music classes offered! Full-time and Part-time available. AMS Affiliate
Country Hills Montessori 4400 Glen Este Withamsville, Cincinnati, OH 45236 Contact: Susan Schreiber, Owner Phone: 513-752-1066 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Grades: 3 - K Providing half day programs for 3 to K. Small, individualized classes with low student-teacher ratios, under the guidance of Montessori certified teachers, in an inter-generational enviornment. Multiple Locations in Eastgate, Oakley, Harrison and West Chester, Ohio and in Ft. Thomas and Erlanger, KY. Visit chmschools.com for all location addresses & phones.
Montessori Academy of Cincinnati 8293 Duke Blvd., Mason, OH 45040 (513)398-7773 www.montacademy.org Grades: 3 years – 8th grade Enrollment: 300 Now in our 23rd year offering Montessori curriculum with an individualized nurturing approach. Experienced, degreed teachers foster a love of learning, promote independence and develop the necessary skills for success. New 7.5-acre campus! State Chartered. AMS Affiliated. Extended Care available on-site.
The New School Montessori 3 Burton Woods Lane, Cincinnati, OH 45229 (513)281-7999 www.thenewschool.cc Grades: 3 year-olds through 6th Grade Enrollment: 150 Founded on Montessori principles in 1970, our wooded playgrounds, home-cooked meals and family-like setting in North Avondale’s Mitchell Mansion provide a stimulating and nurturing environment for learning. We value diversity and create a caring and supportive community. Our graduates excel academically, but more importantly are empowered as citizens of our global community. (Accredited by AMS and ISACS). Upcoming Open House Dates: Sunday, January 30 (24PM)
act. You can learn more about us by visiting us on Thursday mornings or arrange for a tour at 234-5821.
Non-Public Cincinnati Country Day School 6905 Given Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45243 Phone: (513)979-0220 www.countryday.net Grades: Early Childhood (18 months); 12th grade Enrollment: 800 CCDS is an independent, co-educational school dedicated to educational excellence serving students 18 months through Grade 12. The School is nationally recognized for its innovative, integrated laptop computer program. Extended day and tuition assistance is available.
St. Ursula Villa 3660 Vineyard Place, Cincinnati, OH 45226 (513)871-7218 www.stursulavilla.org Preschool – 8th grade Enrollment: 496 Academic excellence in the Ursuline tradition for boys and girls in preschool through 8th grade. Whole-child development, family atmosphere, dedicated faculty, Montessori or Traditional preschool options, small class size, individual attention, outstanding high school preparation.
Renaissance Montessori School
Summit Country Day School
9994 Zig Zag Road, Montgomery, OH 45242 Contact: Linda Klages Phone: 513-234-5821 Email: email@example.com http://renaissancemontessori.org/ Category: Montessori Grades: 18 months to age 6 Enrollment: 45 At Renaissance Montessori, we take pride in educating young children the Montessori way and welcome the opportunity to educate your child and foster your child’s development. Our mission is to provide a safe, nurturing, and creative learning environment for each child. We strive to ensure each child is thriving in the natural, nonjudgmental environment we provide by presenting a happy, organized, and clean atmosphere in which the children can play, learn, observe, and inter-
2161 Grandin Road (513)871-4700 www.summitcds.org Grades: Age 2 - Grade 12 Enrollment: 1100 Founded in 1890, the area’s only independent, Catholic, co-ed, college-prep school servin students age 2 - Grade 12 is recognized as a leader in formalized Character Education, Credo. A diverse community of students benefit from a rich, classical and challenging curriculum within three contiguous divisions. Extensive athletic and visual arts programs campus-wide.
Fax: 513-861-1563 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.ztca.org Grades: 3 year-olds through 6th Grade Enrollment: 105 Founded in 1983, Zion Temple Christian Academy is a private, nonprofit Christian School that offers highly competitive academic standards. We use the A Beka Curriculum. Our goal is to develop the total person, based on Proverbs 22:6, “Train up a child in the way he should go…”
Special Needs Springer School and Center 2121 Madison Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45208 Phone: (513)871-6080 www.springer-ld.org Grades: 1st - 8th grade Enrollment: 200 For 40 years, Springer School and Center has empowered students with learning disabilities to become strategic learners, helping them to achieve success. Springer offers a day school for students ages 6-13 and outreach programs and learning disability resources for students, parents and teachers in the Greater Cincinnati area. The Springer Experience. Success Changes Everything.
Virtual/Distance Ohio Virtual Academy Best performing eSchool in Ohio (866)339-9072 www.ohva.org Grades: Kindergarten – 10th grade Enrollment: 3,300 Ohio Virtual Academy helps your K-10 children obtain an excellent public school education, tuition free! Under the guidance of licensed teachers, parents help their children learn at home using K12’s comprehensive curriculum and educational materials.
Zion Temple Christian Academy 3771 Reading Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45229 Contact: Rodney Napier, Assistant Principal Phone: 513-861-5551
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At the Fitton Center for Creative Arts “the canvas is open to your imagination.” The Fitton Center (www.fittoncenter.org) offers a variety of programs that are designed to bring out the artist, musician or performer in you.
will be greeting us. With the start of summer comes the end of the school year as well as a lot more free time for you and your kids. But with school not in session, the learning doesn’t have to stop, and with everything the Cincinnati area has to offer in the way of Arts and Enrichment, your kids are sure to be keeping busy this summer with plenty of opportunities available to them. Let your kids explore something new to bring out their creative side this summer… 20 CINCINNATI PARENT * APRIL 2011
April 10 - June 2, the Greater Hamilton Art Exhibition will be at the Fitton Center with multimedia art and fine craft on display from local artists. A Creation Station activity will also be present, allowing kids or adults to create an art project based on the specific works on display. The Fitton Center also offers classes and summer camps. Summer camps begin the week of June 20 and lasts through the first week of August. Each camp is a week long and focuses on a different theme.
Fitton Center’s Music Café night is one of the community’s most popular events. The night features musical performances that covers a variety of genres. The event is free and open to the public. New acts are always welcome to the stage. Upcoming dates: April 26, May 24 and June 28, at 7 p.m. in the Benninghofen Theatre. At Cheers to Art! your kids can paint their own masterpieces. Cheers to Art! supplies the materials, and instructors are present to answer questions. Kids are also able to check out the inspiration wall for ideas to create their own works of art. Open studio times are offered 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. No reservations are required, but check website for availability.
Also at Cheers to Art! every other Saturday is “Canvas for Kids,” a two hour workshop offering step-by-step painting instructions for ages 7 and up. Pre-registration is required. Summer Camps begin the f irst week of June for ages 5 through 10 and 11 and up. Pre-registration is required. Visit www.cheerstoart.com and join the Cheers to Art! Facebook page for the latest updates. The Musical Arts Center offers children’s classes, such as Vocal Techniques for Children, an introductory course for ages 8 - 13 on the basics of singing that gives children the stepping stone to later take private voice lessons. Students will learn vocal techniques and how to blend with other voices, an important aspect for learning to sing in choirs. Another course offered is Rhythm Madness, which allows students to explore their musical talent while being introduced to the world of rhythm. Also for ages 8-13, children will learn to identify rhythms and how to make music with everyday objects. www.musartscenter.com At the Musical Arts Center, the Young Artist Institute is dedicated to equipping high school singers with the tools that will help them to succeed in the study of vocal music. Through a series of week-long intensive classes, students will have the opportunity to study in-depth topics such as music theory and acting and performance skills.
Museum Camps The Cincinnati Museum Center offers summer day camps for ages 7-12. Kids are able to immerse themselves in favored topics for a whole week. Beginning in June and running through July, camps include: Guinness Book of
Science Records, Conquerors, Rulers and Empires and Art through the Ages, Harr y Potter and Investigation Exploration. The Museum Center also offers interactive workshops one Saturday a month for ages 9-15; April’s theme is Egg Drop, May’s is Tower Challenge, and June’s is Forensics. Overnight camp programs are also offered for campers and a chaperone, beginning at 7 p.m. and ending at 10 a.m. the next day. Campers can explore the limestone and ice caves, play games and make art, as well as view an OMNIMAX f ilm. Visit www.cincymuseum.org for more program information.
Science Camp Camp Invention’s motto is “unleashing creative genius…one child at a time.” This weeklong camp spurs adventures in science and creativity, with hands-on learning in a variety of different themes such as Edison’s Workshop, Bounce! An Atomic Journey, and The Curious Cypher Club. Camp Invention offers their programs at schools throughout the Cincinnati area. See www.campinvention. org for a program in your area and to register.
Pottery Classes Scarborough Fair Potter y's philosophy is simple: have fun by tapping into your creative side through working with clay. Owner Pegg y Rosenbluth offers three weeklong morning classes through the summer, each taking place during the second week of June, July and August. Students work through the whole process, from throwing their pieces to glazing and
f inishing them up. Saturday classes are also offered. www.scarboroughfairpottery.com
Circus Classes Dave Willacker, the enthusiastic owner and founder of Cincinnati Circus, is passionate about bringing his art to more people. Specializing in the art of f lying trapeze, Willacker says “we’re not going to perform f lying trapeze for you, we’re going to invite you to perform it for us.” Cincinnati Circus (www.cincinnaticircus.com) offers not only f lying trapeze classes but aerial dance classes and circus classes as well, including a one time Circus Workshop and weekly classes. One of the best parts of the Circus Work/ Home Work classes is that they bring the circus to your child’s school. At the Circus Work classes, academics are covered as well as circus skills, such as juggling balls, tightrope, and spinning plates, all for just $10 a session. (Area school principals interested in bringing this program to their school as an after school enrichment program are encouraged to apply.)
Theatre The goal of the Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati is “to entertain and delight local audiences through quality, family-friendly arts entertainment at an affordable price, while helping our patrons grow through exposure to theatre and the arts.” In addition, they offer workshops and classes for budding performers ages 6-18 to “come learn the techniques and principals behind the art of musical theatre (Drama, Vocal Music and Dance) from the
faculty at the Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati. Whether you are a dancer who sings, a singer who acts, or an actor who dances, everyone can benef it from classes that can “take your talent further.” The next class session runs May 2 through June 5. Also, students get to be the stars in interactive workshops that come to the classroom in the Art Reach Workshops, whether for the time of one class period or from 3-13 weeks, depending on the theme of the workshop. Visit www. thechildrenstheatre.com or www.learningthecraft. thechildrenstheatre.net for more information.
Gymnastics Perfection Gymnastics School offers year round classes to boys and girls ages 6 and up in a progressive based program. Gymnastic skills such as vault, balance beam, uneven bars and f loor work are introduced, and tumbling classes are offered for beginners, intermediate and advanced levels. Gymnastics classes for preschoolers help children to develop gross motor skills as well as social skills. Two Performance Camps will be offered this summer, one in June for ages 6 and up for beginner level through international elite level gymnasts. The second camp, offered in July, is for gymnasts ages 6 and up in levels 4-6. www.perfectiongymnastics.com
YMCA Camps Twelve Cincinnati YMCA branches offer day camps for elementary to high school youth. Campers have an array of different camps to choose from in three different camp
categories. Theme Camps offerings include: Survivor Fun Factor and Mystical Magic, Specialty Camps offerings include: Drama and Photography, and Sports Camps offerings include: Soccer and Water Polo among others. There’s also something for preschoolers—a half day camp—and Teen Camp for ages 12-14 and Counselor in Training Camp for ages 14-15. See www.myy.org for the complete listing of Branches and Day Camp offerings. YMCA Camp Ernst is an overnight camp with 10 oneweek sessions running June through August for youth ages 6-15. Campers have the opportunity to participate in activities such as horseback riding, rope climbing, fine arts, swimming, music, archery and more. Visit www.myycamp.org for more info on Camp Ernst. Note: In order to avoid disappointment, it is recommended that parents register for camps early, as camps often have limited space and fill up quickly as summer approaches. Some camps also offer extended care options and sibling discounts. KRISTA BOCKO is a freelance writer
and lives in Noblesville, Indiana with her husband and four children. She can be reached at email@example.com
Baldwin Music Education Center Every Life Needs Music!
Specially designed group music classes for 6 month-olds through 6 year-olds. • Degreed group music instructors • Convenient location • Family discounts
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Ballet Theatre Midwest
3833 Eastern Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45226 Phone: (513)520-2334 Email: ballettheatremidwest@ fuse.net
3799 Hyde Park Ave/Hyde Park, Cincinnati, OH 45209 Contact: Rachel Kramer Phone: 351-1109 Fax: 351-3934 Email: rachelkramer@ baldwinmusiceducenter.c
Grace, beauty creativity, movement! Experience the joy of dance at Ballet Theatre Midwest. Our nurturing environment, professional faculty and lovely facility offers the finest in classical dance training for ages 3 - adult. Age appropriate training and performance opportunities for all students.
Keyboard-based group music programs for ages 6-months to 4-years. Piano classes ages 5 and up. Specially designed curriculum taught by trained, degreed music educators. Family discounts, convenient location.
a canvas painting studio where everyone is an artist and everyone has a great time! • birthday parties • mom’s night out • date night • fundraisers • team building • private events
7700 Camargo Rd., Madeira (corner of Camargo & Miami)
Cincinnati Gymnastics 3635 Woodridge Blvd., Fairfield, OH 45014 Contact: Julie Wagner Phone: 513-860-3082 www.cincinnatigymnastics.com
Come "Monkey Around" at our Gymnastics Camps this summer! We offer Firecracker Camp which is a full day camp that we hold in June & July and Mini Camps that are 1/2 day camps, they run all summer. Gymnastics Classes are also offered (coupon available on our website for new students).
Cincinnati Observatory Center 3489 Observatory Place, Cincinnati, OH 45208 Contact: Dean Regas Phone: 513-321-5186 Email: dean@ cincinnatiobservatory.org www.cincinnatiobservatory.org
The Observatory provides cutting edge science education. We offer programs to area K-12 schools, scouts, libraries, nursing homes and other organizations. Astronomers can visit your class, lead in-depth professional development for science teachers, and deliver hands-on, inquiry-based programs that meet content standards. Day and evening programs at the Observatory also.
Cincinnati Playhouse In The Park P.O. Box 6537, Cincinnati, OH 45206-0537
Contact: Mark Lutwak Phone: 513-345-2242 Fax: 513-345-2254 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.cincyplay.com EXPRESS YOURSELF! Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park offers acting and drama classes for toddlers, children, teens and adults at multiple locations. Call 513/421.3888 for information and registration or visit www.cincyplay.com.
Miss Amanda's Music Garden Classes held at Calvary Episcopal Church, 3766 Clifton Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45220 Contact: Amanda O'Bannon Phone: 513-221-SING (7464) Email: email@example.com www.MissAmandasMusic.com
Music and Movement classes for families with babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. "If I could wave a magic wand, all
children would be immersed in musical play from infancy onward!"
University of Cincinnati CCM Preparatory Department PO Box 210236, Cincinnati, OH 45221 Contact: Amy Dennison Phone: (513)556-2595 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.ccm.uc.edu/prep The CCM Preparatory Department offers lessons, classes and performance opportunities in music, theatre and dance for students of all ages and abilities. Ensembles and advanced programs require auditions. Summer opportunities for youth, high school and adults in the arts include instrumental ensembles, high school acting and musical theatre, piano workshops and theatre performance camps.
We bring all the supplies needed, then we take the pieces to our facility to glaze/fire and return them to you for distribution.
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COMMENTARY & PARENTING
Disciplining an Angry Child Tips from a Therapist
A) Try to tell him about the phenomenon and dangers of electricity? B) Fret about how protecting his safety will inevitably make him mad? Or C) Take the fork away and refocus him on safer play things?
If your 2-year-old child thinks Mr. Fork and Ms. Electrical Socket can be friends and he’s crawling towards the outlet to bind this friendship, what do you do?
One of the easier quizzes you’ve ever taken, right? The correct answer, of course, is C. But for some reason, when kids get beyond the toddler years, too many parents forget this sort of simplicity in disciplining children because they fear the child’s response—anger. So for the many situations that come in later in their children’s lives, parents choose the other options as ways of dealing with behavior. Often Option A or Option B type responses are chosen as children get older and learn to rationalize their behavior, negotiate with parents, or even intimidate parents with their anger. By the time they get to my couch, the number one thing parents tell me about dealing with their kids is “I try to tell them…” This is an Option A response—the parent uses an explanation instead of setting
rules or boundaries for the child. Often what the parent is trying to tell the child is right on the money. It’s spot on—a good lecture filled with great information that could help the child later in life. It’s such a good explanation that the child has it memorized and could highlight the key points and even imitate the gestures and tone of the parent’s lecturing voice. But the problem is, it doesn’t change the bad behavior. With an Option B response, we’ve got some real problems. I’ve had parents explain to me the lengths to which they’ll go, against what they know to be right, in order to prevent their child from having another “meltdown.” Some fear incessant crying or whining, and others fear broken furniture, broken walls, or even broken bones. Some parents have even gone as far as to break laws because of their child’s “strong will.” Option B parenting is usually behind children who are used to getting their way or, as parents explain it, “can’t take no for an answer.” The first thing that goes through my mind when I talk to parents and kids in this situation is “where did the child learn that behavior?” And the answer is obvious—they learned it at home. If they’ve broken a rule, and all they get is a lecture, they learn that breaking the rule might be worth sitting through the lecture. (Imagine that when you get pulled over for speeding, you get a five minute explanation from the police officer about why there are speed limits—but no fine, and no insurance cost increase. Would that make you slow down?) In this Option B scenario, the child learns that, after breaking a rule, they can defend their actions via debate. The dialogue could go something like this: Parent: “Why did you do that? You shouldn’t have done it.” Child: “Because Jamie’s parents let her do it.” Parent: “We’re not Jamie’s parents.” Child: “You should be—Jamie’s parents are a lot cooler than you guys.” Or Child: “I did it because you made me angry.” This debate can go on indefinitely, and it usually ends up with both parties angry. And the lesson for the child is: “I can do what I like to do; I set my own rules and my parents (because they’re lame) don’t like what I do.” This is how parents create children who can’t take “no” for an answer or “always have to get the last word.”
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Now, let’s get to some solutions to these problems. This f irst suggestion might seem antitherapist, but I recommend minimizing the talking when it comes to rule setting. Often anger builds as talking turns to debate and debate turns to yelling. Parents often forget they’re the authorities and are legally allowed and expected to def ine the rules as opposed to acting as resident philosophers dedicated to increasing the overall understanding via lengthy discussion. To minimize the discussion, I recommend parents create a behavioral contract and— here’s the hard part— stick to it. With a written behavioral contract the child learns (in black and white) what the rules are and what will happen if they break the rules. This leaves less room for debate and creates a situation in which the child will come to learn and respect the rules of the household. To create a contract and stick to it, parents must remember that their job in the household is not Customer Service with the goal of having a child who is absolutely happy 100% of the time. One of the roles of parents is creating boundaries for their children, and creating a safer and organized (as much as is possible) family setting. For years as a counselor, I assumed that using talk therapy would help children learn to control their anger. That had limited results. What I learned, instead, is that when parents become consistent rule setters, the goal of being a happy family is better met. It’s diff icult to realize that children have the power to choose their behavior, be it for good or bad. As parents, our power lies in reinforcing behavior with a consequence or a reward. With this reinforcement, the phenomenon of learning a respect (not necessarily a "like") for the rules happens. Without it, children instead learn manipulation, debate, arguing, or other more serious negative behaviors. So you know to take that fork away from the 2-year-old and you know he won’t like it. You know he might cry, fuss or yell. But you also know he’ll calm down and get over it. One day, when he’s ready, he’ll understand why you did it. And maybe, if you’re lucky, he’ll thank you. David Katkin is a Licensed Clinical Counselor and CEO of Katkin & Associates, located in Milford, Ohio. Find him online at www.katkintherapy.com.
magine a place where you get to be totally immersed in the thing you love to do (or want to try) the most . . . from being wrist-deep in cake batter or filming a movie to jamming all day with rock stars or learning to drive a race car. Specialty camps offer just that type of fantasy-come-true experience!
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Once a market dominated by sports camps, an ever-growing number of specialty camps are offering a variety of very specialized activities and total immersion programs. If there is something that a child is really interested in, there is probably a camp out there for him or her—from fine arts, performing arts, and chef camp, to learning a foreign language, science, engineering, motorsports . . . and much, much more. The benefits to a child attending a specialty camp are numerous. Specialty camps provide opportunities for kids to experience in depth an activity or field of study— allowing them to progress beyond the level of instruction a "general" camp may offer. Because these camps have very focused programs, they typically have more intensive and professional-level instruction, and often include guest speakers, such as artists, musicians, and those who've made a career of that particular activity. Campers in these programs also have the opportunity to become connected with like-minded friends. At home, they may be the only kid on the block who is into a specific interest or activity—and this can be socially isolating, especially if it's something the other kids find to be a bit "quirky." But at a camp that specializes in this activity, everyone is excited about the same things, the kids "get" each other, and friendships blossom.
Many specialty camps have informal, hands-on, or immersion approaches to various academic subjects, such as math, science, or language, which may help children who struggle in a traditional classroom to learn material and develop confidence for the upcoming school year. For example, at Camp Motorsport, a race car driving specialty camp for kids ages ten to sixteen, campers participate in racingrelated activities that convert abstract math and science concepts into hands-on applications—such as figuring out how resistanceand drag impact making the car go faster. Specialty camps are also a great way for kids considering a career in a particular field to gain exposure and hands-on experience in that field. These camps help children and teens build their skills and résumés for the future or help them figure out if they have the temperament or talent for a particular career. Whether or not a child chooses to pursue a particular academic path or career, specialty camps can help children broaden their horizons, develop skills they will use for the rest of their lives, enhance their future endeavors—and have a great time. At their core, specialty camps share the same values of the camp experience as their more traditional counterparts. Making friends, teamwork, cooperation, learning independence, and positive character development are all integral parts of the camp experience—regardless of camp type. To find out more about the specialty camp experience, visit www.CampParents.org, ACA's comprehensive camp resource for families. Diane Tyrrell, C.C.D . Originally published
in March 2008 Camp e-News. Reprinted by permission of the American Camp Association; ©2008 American Camping Association, Inc.
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Anderson Dance Academy Camps
8263 Beechmont Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45255 Contact: Jennifer Rothwell Phone: 513-474-7837 Fax: 513-985-3561 Email: info@ andersondanceacademy.com www.andersondanceacademy.com Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Arts Financial Aid Offered: No Dates: June 21-23, July 26-28, August 2-3. Additional dates may be added. Ages/Grades: Camps available for ages 3-18 Cost: Camps start at $65.00 Activities Included: All Camps include dance instruction, activity/ craft, snack and education.
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Anderson Dance Academy believes in providing quality dance education in a positive environment. The success of each student is ensured within a fun, focused, and non-competitive environment. We strive to build self esteem and self confidence in our students . Dance training builds confidence, grace and coordination and should always be an enjoyable experience!
BALLET THEATRE MIDWEST – CHILDREN’S DANCE WORKSHOPS & SUMMER INTENSIVE
3833 Eastern Avenue, Spencer Township Hall, Cincinnati, OH 45226 Contact: Nancy Fountain, Director Phone: (513)520-2334 Email: email@example.com www.ballettheatremidwest.com Gender of Campers: Day: Co-ed Basic Category: Arts Hours: Children's Workshops - 9:3012:30, Monday - Friday; Summer Intensive - 9:30-4:30, Monday - Friday Dates: Children's Workshops - June13-July 1; Summer Intensive - July 5-29 Ages/Grades: Children's Workshop - Ages 4-8 Summer Intensive - Ages 9-25 Cost: Please see website for specific program rates.
Children's Workshops Dance, music and art creatively built around a weekly theme with Friday performances. Summer Intensive - outstanding technical and artisitic training with individual attention. Bi-weekly performances.
Brazee Street School of Glass 4426 Brazee Street, Cincinnati, OH 45209
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Contact: Emily Repp Phone: (513) 321-0206 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.brazeestreetstudios.com Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Arts Hours: 9:30-11:30am OR 1:00-3:00pm Dates: Week-long camps June 6-July 29; one-day activities weekdays August 1-19. Ages/Grades: Varies. Visit our website for details! Cost: $195/week in June & July, $20-$40/day in August. Activities Included: Campers will create glass objects of their own design! Projects include casting glass fossils, assembling glass mobiles, glass beadmaking, creating comic books, and much more! Visit our website for details.
Come make glass art with us! Each week we will explore a theme while learning new techniques in kiln-formed glass. It is our mission to facilitate self-expression through fun, safe, and age appropriate activities that will inspire your child to create! Snacks and juice will be provided daily.
Camp-A-Palooza at Kids First Sports Center 7900 East Kemper Road, Cincinnati, OH 45249 Contact: Sheri Stulz Phone: 513-489-7575
Fax: 513-489-9761 Email: email@example.com www.kidsfirstsports.com Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Sports Special Needs Camps Offered: No Financial Aid Offered: Yes Hours: 9-4 pm; 7:30-9am Before care, 4-6pm After Care Dates: June 6- August 20 Ages/Grades: K-7th grade Cost: $233 a week or $54 a day with a two day minimum Activities Included: Gymnastics, basketball, karate, swimming, putt putt, rock climbing, arts & crafts, assemblies, Young Rembrants, Mad capp puppets and much more!
Camp-a-palooza has a different theme each week and pack full of FUN activities. Many of our campers are here all summer, so we mix it up every week to keep it FUN! Please visit our website for full descriptions of each week.
Camp Invention Metropolitan Cincinnati Area Contact: Michele Millikan Phone: 800-968-4332 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.campinvention.org Gender of Campers: Coed Hours: 9am to 3:30pm Dates: See web site for details. Ages/Grades: Entering Grades 1-6
Cost: $185 to $215 Activities Included: Five exciting hands-on classes daily: take apart appliances, make new inventions, experiment with chemistry and polymers, decipher secret codes, and discover nature’s inventors.
Unleash the creative genius in your child! Camp Invention is a weeklong adventure in creativity. Led by local teachers the program nurtures children’s innate sense of curiosity. Children will learn how to think like inventors, problemsolve, collaborate and create— all while having tons of FUN!
Camp JB Mac 9500 Snider Road, Mason, OH 45040 Contact: Amanda Bottleson, President of Operations Phone: (513) 772-5888 Email: email@example.com www.campjbmac.com Gender of Campers: Day: Co-Ed Basic Category: Adventure/Tripping Hours: 9:00 A.M - 4:30 P.M. Before and after care available at Youthland Academy locations Dates: June 6 - August 26, 2011 Ages/Grades: 6 - 12 years of age. (Must have completed kindergarten) Cost: Rates available for 1 to 5 days per week. One time fees: Registration $100, Activity fee $50 per child. Visit our website for weekly rates. Activities Included: Swimming,
Basketball, Kickball, Art, Drama, Rock Wall, GaGa Ball
Beautiful outdoor day camp set on eight wooded acres in Mason. Weekly themes to keep your school age child active all summer. Come visit our Open House on May 21st from Noon till 4:00. Sign up by April 23 for a special bonus. Register your camper online at www.campjbmac.com.
Childtime Learning Centers Multiple Locations Phone: 866-961-3945 www.childtime.com
Empowered to have fun this summer. Childtime’s summer program is everything you want for your child under the sun – smiles, learning and quality care! Let our program engage your child through things like field trips, extraordinary guests and unique activities with special sessions in arts and crafts, sports, music and more! Childtime is the perfect place for summer for children between six weeks and 12 years of age. With highly-trained teachers, a safe, nurturing environment and flexible hours – it’s a place parents will love too! For more information about Childtime’s summer pro-
gram, call us at 1-866-961-3945 or visit www.childtime.com today!
Cincinnati Children's Choir Festival Cincinnati Children's Choir Preparatory Department CollegeConse, Cincinnati, OH 45221 Phone: 513-556-0338 Email: Choir@cincinnatichoir.org www.cincinnatichoir.org Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Arts Financial Aid Offered: Yes Hours: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Monday Friday and Saturday,12 - 4 p.m. Dates: July 25 - 30, 2011 Ages/Grades: Ages 9 (third grade) - 15 (tenth grade) Cost: $200.00 Requirements of Campers: All students must be teacherrecommended or auditioned and have unchanged voices. Activities Included: The festival consists of sessions in vocal artistry, sight singing, musicianship through movement, music theory, choral artistry and music history/world music.
6905 Given Road, Cincinnati, OH 45243 Phone: (513)979-0365 Gender of Campers Co-ed, Multiple Day Options Available Dates: June 13 - August 5 Ages/Grades: 18 months – Adult
Academic, arts, athletic, and adult programs are offered weekly. Day camps are offered weekly and monthly for students 18 months through entering grade 6 with either a traditional or Montessori focus. Prices vary per program and camp session selected.
Community Montessori School 9035 Cincinnati-Dayton Road, West Chester, OH 45069 Contact: Jamie Minniear, Director Phone: 513-777-0808 Email: communitymontessori1@ gmail.com www.CMontessori.com Gender of Campers: Coed Hours: 9:00am-11:00am Dates: The weeks of: June 13, June 20, July 11, July 18 Ages/Grades: Ages 3-6 including children who completed Kindergarten this year Cost: $75/week; **receive *10 off if you register by 3/1/2011 Requirements of Campers: None Activities Included: Themed weeks, art projects, water fun, and outside activities.
Children will spend one hour in the Montessori classroom, have a group snack, then go outside for art activities, water fun, and community visitors.
Flying Hearts Farm 6060 State Route 132, Goshen, OH 45122 Contact: Shawn Ratliff Phone: (513)295-2519 Email: flyingheartsfarm@ yahoo.com www.flyingheartsfarm.com Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Animals Special Needs Camps Offered: No Financial Aid Offered: No Dates: Jr. Camp: June 27-30, July 11-14, July 25-28; Sr. Camp: July 21-22; Pony Pals: July 16 Ages/Grades: Jr. Camp: Ages 8-12; Sr. Camp: Ages 13-17; Pony Pals: Ages 5-7 with parent Cost: Jr. Camp: $250; Sr. Camp: $125; Pony Pals: $45 Activities Included: Horseback riding daily with one on one instruction, feeding and caring for the horses, horsey crafts and games.
Our camps provide children the opportunity to experience horses in a safe and fun environment. Participants will learn basic horse care and riding skills as they work and play with the horses of Flying Hearts Farm. All horses, all day!
The Good Shepherd Catholic Montessori Summer Camps 4460 Berwick Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45227 Phone: 513-271-4171 Fax: 513-271-4680 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.gscmontessori.org Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Traditional, Hands-On Enrichment Hours: 9:00am-12:00n and 1:00pm-4:00pm Dates: June 13-17, June 23-27 Ages/Grades: Age 4-14 Cost: $125.00 per week if paid by May 8. $135.00 per week if paid May 9 or after. Some camps have additional lab fees. Optional supervised lunch/recess hour for all-day campers at $25 per week. Requirements of Campers: Dress for hands-on, creative projects and bring a water bottle. Activities Included: Karate, Artrageous, Archaeology, clay, mosaics, cooking, Introduction to Guitar, Circus, Chess, origami, scrapbooking, magic, nature exploration, and music & movement.
Something for everyone! Go to www.gscmontessori.org and click the summer camp icon for a complete listing of camps. Hands-on enrichment and fun learning experiences for all aged 4-14. Most camps taught by certified teachers or professionals with specialized and advanced degrees.
Gorman Heritage Farm 10052 Reading Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45241 Contact: Mike Roman, Camp Director Phone: (513)563-6663 Fax: (513)563-6659 Email: email@example.com www.GormanFarm.org Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Animals Special Needs Camps Offered: Yes, (During everyday camps) Financial Aid Offered: Financial aid is available Hours: 9:30am - 2:30pm, some other options available Dates: June 6 - August 13, see website for detailed schedule. Ages/Grades: Ages 4 - 15. Cost: $55-$210/week for main camps, themed camps offered at additional cost. Activities Included: Be a farm kid! Interact with farm animals, garden, play games, hike, explore the forest, make crafts, music. Themed camps: wilderness, art, cooking & science.
GHF’s talented & dedicated camp staff are recruited nationally. Camp counselors are selected based on their experience with children, passion & creativity for teaching, & knowledge of agriculture & the environment. You will never want to leave!
Kids Summer Camp at Heritage Village Museum 11450 Lebanon Road / Route 42, Sharonville, OH 45241 Contact: Lisa Egan,
Education Director Phone: 513-563-9484 Fax: 513-563-0914 Email: Legan@ heritagevillagecincinnati.org www.heritagevillagecincinnati.org Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Academic/ Pre-college Special Needs Camps Offered: No Financial Aid Offered: No Hours: :00am - 3:30 pm M-F Early Drop-off 8:00 and late Pick-up 5:00pm option available Dates: June 20-24, 2011 July 11-15, 2011 July 25-29, 2011 Ages/Grades: Ages 6-13 (or having finished Kindergarten) Cost: Members $145; Non-Members $170 Activities Included: Making wooden toys, Basket weaving, Cooking in a hearth kitchen, playing old-fashioned games, learning about natural dyes, sewing, weaving on a loom
During a week at the Heritage Village Kids Summer Camp, campers will learn about life during the 1800s. History will come alive during those days of camp. Kids will get the chance to learn skills (and even chores!) of Ohio’s pioneer history.
KinderCare Summer Camp Multiple Locations Phone: 888-518-2213 www.KinderCare.com/SummerCamp
KinderCare® Summer Camp was designed to provide pre-school
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Young singers interested in enjoying and developing their musicianship skills will gather for an exciting week as they attend inspiring, interactive sessions on the campus of the University of Cincinnati. The week will culminate with a closing concert shared by the Festival Choir and members of the Cincinnati Children's Choir.
Cincinnati Country Day School
through school-age kids with what they want: TONS of summer fun! From the old west to space-age machines, from the antics of animals to learning new sports, each of our 12 camp offerings is a combination of learning and fun that adds up to one unforgettable summer! Discover more by visiting www. KinderCare.com/SummerCamp or calling 888-518-2213.
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Lindner Center of Hope 4075 Old Western Row Road, Cincinnati, OH 45040 Phone: 513-536-4673 www.lindnercenterofhope.org/smart Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Special Needs Specific Categories: For children with attention and anxiety issues. Financial Aid Offered: No Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday Dates: (Three 3-week sessions) Session 1: June 13 - July 1; Session 2: July 11 July 29; Session 3: August 1 - August 19 Ages/Grades: Age 11 to 14 Cost: $2,000 per session (all inclusive) Activities Included: Behavior and study skills screening, Socialization groups, Team-based activities, Gross motor activities, Group art projects, Lunch with peers, Mindfulness/relaxation techniques
SummerSMART is a unique summer program that welcomes children (age 11 -14) who struggle with impulsivity, socialization difficulties, attention and concentration issues
and anxiety disorders. The program caters to their special needs by encouraging inclusion and building confidence and socialization skills.
The Little Gym Anytime Summertime Camps 8201 Arbor Square Drive, Mason, OH 45040 Contact: Kevin Helmick or Cassie Franklin Phone: 513-204-1400 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.thelittlegym.com Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Sports Special Needs Camps Offered: No Financial Aid Offered: No Hours: Mon-Thurs 1:00p-4:00p, Fri 9:00a-noon Dates: June 6 - August 19, 2011 Ages/Grades: 3 - 10 years Cost: Member price for one full week $90, Non member price for one full week $105, Member price for one day $25, Non member price for one day $28 Requirements of Campers: Children must be bathroom independent. Activities Included: Structured games and activities, as well as supervised free play, snack and craft.
Your children will love the weekly themes and guest visitors and you will love the physcial activity that they will be enjoying under the supervision of our incredible staff. From Cheerleading week to Beach Party week to Outer Space week, each of the 11 themes are sure to keep your young ones entertained!
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McNicholas High School Summer Camps 6536 Beechmont Avenue, Cincinnati, Oh 45230 Contact: Cathy Sherrick, Director of Admissions Phone: 513-231-3500 ext. 5817 Fax: 513-231-1351 Email: email@example.com www.mcnhs.org Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Traditional Financial Aid Offered: No Hours: Hours vary per camp Dates: Dates for each camp available on our website. Ages/Grades: Grades 1-9 Cost: $45-$106; cost varies depending on each camp Requirements of Campers: Registration form, parental consent and release form, and full payment are required for each student to participate. Activities Included: With 25 different academic and athletic summer camp offerings, let McNicholas be your summer camp destination.
Our academic and athletic summer camps take place on our Mt. Washington campus for students of all ages. Camps are available in basketball, baseball, softball, volleyball, football, soccer, theatre, math, and science. Visit www.mcnhs.org for more information and to register. You'll love spending part of your summer with us!
Shakespeare Summer Camp Xavier University in the Gallagher Student Center 3800
Victory P, Cincinnati, OH Contact: Jeanna Vella, Director of Education Phone: 513-381-2273 x. 3202 Fax: 513-345-2245 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.cincyshakes.com/ shakespeare-summer-camp.html Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Arts Hours: Monday-Friday 9am-5pm Performances for Family and Friends on Friday at 7pm. Dates: Camp I: "Generation Shakespeare" June 6- 10, 2011 Camp 2: "Random Acts of Shakespeare" June 13-17, 2011 Camp 3: "The Shakespeare Intensive" June 20-24, 2011 Ages/Grades: Camp I: Students who have completed 6th-7th grade. Camp 2: Students who have completed 7th-9th grade. Camp 3: Students who have completed 10th-12th grade. Cost: Camp 1: $250 Camp 2: $260 Camp 3: $270 Requirements of Campers: Must meet age requriements, call to discuss special circumstances or exeptions. All students will be accepted, but Camp 2 & 3 will have an informal audition in May to help assign roles. Activities Included: Each camp will have some of the following activities based on experience level: Acting skills, stage combat, improvisation, Shakespearean text study, set construction, costume design, stage makeup, and movement and more!
Shakespeare Summer Camp is a oneweek theater day camp for middle & high school students who want to learn more about acting & the art of
theatre. Campers work with members of the CSC Acting Ensemble, learning acting, stage combat, movement, and text analysis. For students of all experience levels!
Sharon Hill Kidz Klub Primary South Elementary, 825 Lakeridge Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45231 Contact: JoAnn Knapp, Executive Director Phone: 513-772-2666 or 513-851-3338 Fax: 513-772-2667 or 513-851-2396 Email: email@example.com www.sharonhilldaycare.com Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Traditional Special Needs Camps Offered: No Financial Aid Offered: Yes Hours: Monday - Friday 6:30 a.m.- 6:30 p.m. Dates: June 6,2011- August 19,2011 Ages/Grades: 6 years to 12 years of age. Must have completed Kindergarten. Cost: $150.00 Activities Included: Weekly field trips, swimming, art & crafts, outdoor play, summer bridging
Our theme this summer of 2011 is "Go for the Goal"! The goal of Kidz Klub is to educate our campers while having tons of fun on fitness, nutrition and overall health.
Springer School and Center 2121 Madison Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45208 Phone: 871-6080 ext. 402 www.springer-ld.org
Gender of Campers: Coed Dates: June 20 - July 15, 2011 Ages/Grades: Ages: 1st – 8th grade
“Adventures in Summer Learning” is designed for students of at least average potential who are not making expected progress. The morning program helps children become confident in the basic skills through small group instruction. The afternoon program consists of specialized courses in math, writing, social skills, and creative expression.
Wake Nation 201 Joe Nuxhall Way, Fairfield, OH 45014 Contact: Peter Kennedy, CEO Phone: 513-887-9253 Fax: 513-863-0516 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.wakenation.com Gender of Campers: Coed Type of Camp: Day Basic Category: Sports Financial Aid Offered: No Hours: 10AM - 3PM Dates: Session 1: June 7-9; Session 2: June 14-16 Session 3: June 21-23; Session 4: June 28-30 Session 5: July 5-7; Session 6: July 12-14 Session 7: July 19-21; Session 8: July 26-28 Session 9: August 2-4; Session 10: August 9-11 Ages/Grades: Ages 8 and up. Cost: $325 for 3 day session Requirements of Campers: Bathing suit and sunscreen.
Activities Included: Learn to wakeboard, water-ski, kneeboard and wakeskate. Great for beginners and experienced riders.
Kids will learn how to wakeboard and water-ski in a fun, supportive environment from our experienced and professional staff. Our staff will give each camper the attention and encouragement he or she needs to ensure that they have a great experience at Camp Wake Nation.
YMCA of Greater Cincinnati Summer Day Camps 2011 Cincinnati, OH Phone: 513.362.YMCA (9622) www.myY.org Gender of Campers: Coed
3771 Reading Road, Cincinnati, OH 45229 Contact: Rodney Napier, Assistant Principal Phone: 513-861-5551 Fax: 513-861-1563 Email: email@example.com www.ztca.org Gender of Campers: Coed Hours: 7am - 6pm Dates: May 31, 2011 - August 5, 2011 Ages/Grades: 3 - 12 years Cost: $88 - $98 per week Requirements of Campers: Registration is required. Activities Included: Activities include themed weeks, academics, arts and crafts, field trips, water fun, and other outside activities.
Zion Temple Summer Activity Program is fun for all ages. To learn more about our school and our programs go to www.ztca.org.
Residential Camps Aldersgate Camp and Retreat Center 125 Aldersgate Camp Rd, Ravenna, KY 40472 Contact: Nancy Bidwell, Registrar Phone: 606-723-5078 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Religious Traditional, Traditional Special Needs Camps Offered: No
Financial Aid Offered: Yes Hours: Overnight Dates: June7-July31 Ages/Grades: Kindergarden-Adult Cost: $30-$250 Activities Included: Adventure, Horses, Water Skiing/Tubing, Music, Art, Dance, Drama, Sports, Archery, Backpacking, Worship, Crafts, Environmental Education, Creative Ministries, Creek Play, Hiking, Rock Climbing, Pool, Field Games
Serving campers for over 45 years, Aldersgate Camp has been a place where campers come to get away from normal routines, experience God, build community, and enjoy the beauty of creation and nature! Nestled in the hills of beautiful Appalachia, Aldersgate is devoted to transform lives through experiences that campers will remember for life!
Falcon Camp 4251 Delta Rd SW, Carrollton, OH 44615 Contact: Dave Devey Phone: 800/837-CAMP Fax: 216/991-4908 Email: info@FalconCamp.com www.falconcamp.com Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Traditional Dates: 2, 4 ,6 or 8 weeks available from June 19 - August 13 Ages/Grades: Ages 6 - 16 Cost: $2095 - $6500 Requirements of Campers: Willing to have fun and try new things! Activities Included: Sailing, horseback riding, riflery, archery, tennis, crafts, drama, woodslore, canoeing,
swimming, basketball, softball, sports, overnight camping, dances, creative arts, video, much more!
Ohio’s premier summer camp since 1959. Boys and girls enjoy wide variety of activities with outstanding staff. “Fun for Now, Skills for Life” is motto and environment created at Falcon. Located on beautiful 8 mile Leesville Lake in hundreds of acres of woods, great food, great fun, lifetime of memories.
Falcon Horse Lover Camp 4251 Delta Rd. SW, Carrolton, OH 44615 Contact: Emily Devey, Director Phone: 800/837-CAMP Fax: 216/991-4908 Email: HorseCamp@FalconCamp.com www.falconcamp.com Gender of Campers: All-Girl Basic Category: Animals Dates: One week sessions June 19 – August 13 Ages/Grades: Girls ages 11 - 15 Cost: $1025/wk Requirements of Campers: For horse lovers only. Some experience recommended. Activities Included: Daily mounted lessons, trail rides, fun rides, games, guest instructors, field trips, your “own horse”, parent demo, take home video, ground lessons, approx. 4 hours actual riding each day.
For Horse Lover’s only! Eat, sleep and breathe horses in this special program designed to improve riding skills, teach horsemanship, horse health and care. Very limited enrollment ensures individ-
ual instruction and attention. Excellent instructors and horses. ACA accredited since 1959. References available. If you love horses, you’ll love this camp!
The Howe School Summer Camp PO Box 240, Howe, IN 46746 Contact: Charles Grady, Director Phone: 260-562-2131 Fax: 260-562-3678 Email: email@example.com Gender of Campers: Both All Boy and All Girl Basic Category: Academic/Pre-college Hours: Any time Dates: Boys (June 19 - July 29); Girls (July 31 - Aug 5) Ages/Grades: 9 through 15 Cost: Boys (3-wks $2100, 6-wks $3500); Girls ($500) Requirements of Campers: Be ready to have fun Activities Included: Rifle, ropes course, repelling, archery, boating, canoeing, sports, hiking, nature study, games, physical fitness, camp newsletter, and crafts
The Howe Summer Camp has three and six-week boy’s residential program and a one-week girl’s program. The boys’ camp offers leadership, education and discipline, including rifle, archery, swimming, canoeing, physical training, ropes course, repelling, crafts, horsemanship, and games. Girls’ camp offers leadership, skills necessary for young women to succeed in today’s careers, including team building, culinary
arts, scrapbooking, crafts, ropes and obstacle course and repelling.
YMCA Camp Ernst of Cincinnati 7615 Camp Ernst Rd, Burlington, KY 41005 Contact: Eli Cochran, Executive Director Phone: 859-586-6181 Fax: 859-586-6214 Email: ce@myYcamp.org www.myYcamp.org Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Traditional Financial Aid Offered: Yes Dates: June 12-Aug 20 (one week sessions) Ages/Grades: Ages 6-15 Cost: $500-675 Activities Included: Archery, BLOB, 100 foot waterslide, banana boat, aquacycles, kayaks, canoes, swimming, crafts, zipline, giant swing, burma bridge, airwalk, climbing wall, rock band, big art, movie-making, and much more!
Steeped in tradition and founded on the YMCA qualities of honesty, caring, responsibility, and respect, campers enjoy top notch counselors and make friends while doing a wide variety of activities. Exciting teen adventure trips and specialty horseback riding, skateboarding, and mountain biking add-ons are also part of our popular program!
YOUR LISTING HERE Contact Katie at Katie@ CincinnatiParent.com
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All YMCA of Greater Cincinnati Camps have earned ACA Accreditation by the American Camping Association. Your child’s safety is our top priority! Registration going on now at all YMCA locations throughout the Greater Cincinnati area. Caring, honesty, respect and responsibility are cornerstones of all YMCA camps. At all YMCA day camps, each week will have a different theme but they all provide opportunities to learn, make friends, and have fun! Pre and Post Camps, Preschool Camps, Sports and Specialty camps, Adventure Teen Camps, and CIT (Counselor in Training) Camps also available.
Zion Temple Christian Academy
HEALTH & W ELLNESS
The Healthy Benefits of Breastfeeding Reduces Obesity, Illnesses and Infections The latest research indicates that breastfed babies are less likely to be obese at age 3. As the mother of twins born last September, I have found breastfeeding to be timeconsuming, a big commitment – and totally worth it. As a working mom, I’ve found a sense of satisfaction that I am still taking care of my children when I am away. The health benefits, for mother and child, abound. Breast milk The latest research indicates that breastfed boosts babies are less likely to be obese at age 3. the baby’s immune system, helping ward off illness during the first year, including lung infections, ear infections and diarrhea. Research also suggests breastfed babies have a decreased risk for allergies, asthma and The American Academy of Pediatrics diabetes later in life. Because babies digest has long advocated breastfeeding exclusively breast milk easily, it also reduces constipation. for the first six months of life and up to a year or as long as mother and baby want. For mothers, breastfeeding helps pare the pounds gained during pregnancy. It may Earlier this year, the Academy published more reduce the risk of breast, uterine and ovarian evidence that breastfeeding is best for babies. cancer. From a practical standpoint, breast milk
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is free, readily available and always the right at the same time and can still have two temperature. The time spent feeding strengthens hands ready for burping or other needs. the bond between mother and child – and lessens postpartum anxiety and depression. A quality pump and good freezer bags can make life easier too. Expressed milk can be It isn’t always easy, though. Patience is kept covered at room temperature for six important. Feeding doesn’t always go hours, in the refrigerator for five days, in a smoothly at first. My own babies weren’t freezer compartment for two weeks and in a getting enough nutrition at first, but we kept deep freezer for six months. Always use the at it and they soon began gaining weight. oldest milk first. Thaw frozen milk in the refrigerator – never refreeze it. Warm it in Sometimes the problem is supply. Lots a water bath just before using. Once heated, of water is needed to stay hydrated. it must be eaten or thrown out. These Pumping for 15 minutes after feeding can recommendations vary by source; I tend to increase production. Supplements like use the strictest guidelines, just to be safe. the herb fenugreek may help as well. Be sure to learn about breastfeeding A good breastfeeding pillow like the Boppy before delivery. Your obstetrician and or My Brest Friend can make nursing pediatrician can help. If you just can’t more comfortable for mom, and helps to breastfeed for some reason, don’t fret – puts baby in a good position. It would be there’s more to parenting than breastfeeding impossible for me to nurse both babies and many, many formula-fed babies have at the same time without my pillow. grown up to be happy, healthy adults. Another useful tool is a bottle sling. This gadget fits on an infant car seat and puts the bottle at the correct feeding angle. My husband likes this – he can feed our twins
Amy Long MD is an obstetrician/ gynecologist with Group Health Associates. She sees patients in the Anderson and Clifton offices.
A Holistic Approach
olistic healthcare may not be the yin to western medicine’s yang, but the two approaches to health and wellness are increasingly intertwined. Sure there are an unknown number of alternative treatments many science-minded experts view as unfounded, quack cures or downright dangerous. Yet, many holistic healthcare approaches once considered medical outliers are making their way into mainstream western medicine for the treatment of kids with special needs and others. Think diet, acupuncture, healing touch and the like. Holistic healthcare as def ined by the nonprof it American Holistic Health Association is an approach to life that considers the whole person and his or her interaction with the environment.
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Mitra M.K. Roberts, director of The Starf ish Academy for Exceptional Children therapeutic learning center in Mason, Ohio, considers holistic healthcare to provide an integrated approach to examining a child’s development across a broad spectrum of function. “Human beings are these incredible collections of systems within systems, where each system inf luences other systems. Rather than examine each individual system separately, a holistic approach considers the interaction of these systems when creating a treatment plan,” she explained, adding that with holistic healthcare there is also respect for a natural course of therapy. While in the United States holistic healthcare providers cannot legally diagnose, treat or cure any ailment, disease or disorder, Lisa Timmerman, ND, at the Natural Health Care Clinic in Spencerville, Ind., said when she works with children who have special needs like autism, learning disorders, diabetes or cerebral palsy, they do get better. It’s her experience that by treating the whole person, which includes his or her mental, emotional and physical states, their bodies are better able to heal themselves. As a naturopathic doctor, Timmerman looks for causes of a health problem and seeks solutions through natural remedies or therapies.
In speaking of her clinic, Timmerman said, “What we’re looking to do is not chase after symptoms or recommend supplements or remedies to help with the symptoms. Our main objective is to f ind what is causing the problem.” And thus, helping improve the core issue. Holistic care is no longer exclusive to alternative clinics. In fact, major medical centers such as Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, now incorporate a holistic approach into patient care on a regular basis. Since 1998, this hospital has had an integrative care department that, according to Michelle Zimmer, MD, medical director of integrative care at Cincinnati Children’s, was a grassroots movement started by nurses. The concept has grown to include a staff of 17 people with a holistic health specialist on almost every inpatient unit. Therapies offered include massage, healing touch, relaxation therapies and others. Look for Cincinnati Children’s to grow its integrative health offering in the near future with a new outpatient integrative healthcare clinic. Integrative medicine is not unique to Cincinnati Children’s. Zimmer said it’s almost a new specialty within medicine. She said many physicians feel so time pressured that they’ve lost their ability to focus on the whole need of the family and child,
including the emotional needs of the illness. “Every physician wants to practice that way, but with the time pressure [we face] we feel we’ve lost our way. Integrated medicine gets us back to the basics of self care, not just the medication aspect but how to cope with illness and what you can do to be healthy despite disease,” she said. A stone’s throw away in Indianapolis, Ind., is Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health. This children’s hospital offers patients acupuncture to address pain and its child life program routinely provides play, music and art therapies to meet kids’ emotional needs and help the patients better express feelings and fears. “We know this will help them have a better outcome,” said Jeff Sperring, MD, chief medical off icer at Riley at IU Health.
Without doubt the traditional medical world is starting to embrace some holistic treatments and therapies. The key for medical doctors seems to lie in the science that backs holistic claims. As studies continue to test validity of various holistic treatments and as new programs emerge, area experts offer the following advice to parents who are seeking holistic help to treat their child’s special health concerns. Don’t discount diet. Health experts across the board agree that diet is a critical part of a child’s overall wellness. “It’s huge,” said Timmerman, whose children’s program assists kids with special needs such as ADD, autism and other neurological def icits. She believes diet is a key component for restoring cognitive and physical health to these children.
Or as Tammy Andersson, president and founder of Got-Autism in Cincinnati, put it, “What child can’t benef it from a really healthy diet?” She believes in the case of kids with autism that following an organic, gluten free diet that rids the body of toxins helps a child’s body better be able to respond to other more
traditional types of therapies. Got-Autism is an online store with more than 1,000 therapeutic, educational and practical life products for children on the autism spectrum. Keep an open mind with western medicine. In short, traditional medicine helps heal people. Don’t discount it. If an alternative healthcare provider says to ignore the pediatrician’s advice, consider that a red f lag. “There’s a place for hospitals, for drugs, for all of that,” said Timmerman, who often works in conjunction with medical doctors. She said she understands that there may be a short-term need for a drug or western-style intervention, but believes that natural health is a better answer for long-term wellness.
Ask for the scientific support of the treatment or program. Sperring said evidence is a critical factor in d etermining the value of a particular course of
treatment. “As we learn more about alternative approaches, it’s something we’re always willing to consider. I think the hardest part for [medical doctors] is short of having evidence we tend to not take chances with our kids,” he said, and points to a child’s pediatrician as being the gold standard for guidance on a child’s health. On a similar note, Zimmer recommends that parents who do start their child on an herb or supplement should think of it as an experiment. “Understand what symptom you are trying to treat and document what you want to see improved. Jot it down. If over time the symptom is not getting better, then get off the supplement,” she said. “You have to be as critical of any herb or supplement as any medication you are trying.” Others in the f ield of holistic healthcare agree on this point. Experts at the Brain Balance Achievement Center of Cincinnati, a center that takes an integrated approach to helping children aff licted with neurobehavioral disorders, also suggest parents not only research and feel comfortable with their chosen care, but closely monitor the progress throughout the course of the program. Ask your pediatrician or doctor for recommendations. Finding a good holistic healthcare provider is not as clear cut as f inding a qualif ied pediatrician. Word of mouth seems to be the most typical way of identifying a practitioner. For one, Timmerman said her clinic never advertises but relies on word of mouth and networking with others in
her f ield. A good place to start networking is with the pediatrician. Once families tap into the holistic health scene, they will begin to f ind alternative healthcare providers with good reputations by simply talking to healthcare practitioners within the holistic community. Ask good questions and trust gut instincts. Before diving head f irst into a holistic treatment, ask the practitioner about his or her qualif ications. Find out the means for evaluating the child, cost of treatment and depth of knowledge the healthcare provider knows about the special need at hand. Does the program sound too good to be true? Parents should listen to their intuition. “My advice when considering holistic treatments is to maintain an open mind regulated by healthy skepticism,” said Roberts. In the end, patients and families may have a lot to gain from an integrated approach to healthcare. Stay tuned as western and holistic therapies and treatments seek common ground. Carrie Bishop is a freelance writer and mother of two young sons whose daily antics inspire her work and life. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Special Needs Guide Got-Autism, LLC 10052 Commerce Park Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45246 Contact: Tammy Andersson, President Phone: 888-237-4988 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.got-autism.com Full line of therapeutic, educational, and sensory products for autism, Asperger’s, ADHD, NVLD, and related conditions. Products for all ages and abilities, and the latest resources for parents, educators, and therapists –PECS, Assistive Technology, Social Skills, Interactive Software, Oral-Motor, Developmental/ Sensory Toys & Games, Fidgets, Books, DVDs, and more!
Leap Beyond Therapy 6915 Beechmont Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45230 Contact: Ruth Grant-Bailey, Owner Phone: (513)232-5327 Email: email@example.com www.leapbeyondtherapy.com Category: Pediatric Physical Therapy Center A physical therapy center that offers intensive physical therapy using the Therasuit(tm) model. These are 3 hour per day, three week sessions to target specific goals and optimize success. We also offer modified therapy, home-based fitness programs and are the Tri-State's largest dealer of adaptive bikes.
Rising Star Studios of New Perceptions 1 Sperti Drive, Edgewood, KY 41017 Contact: Brenda Zechmeister, Coordinator Phone: 859-344-9322
www.risingstarstudios.org Category: Autism Rising Star Studios, a program of New Perceptions, makes an incredible difference in the lives of youth ages 8-young adult with autism spectrum disorders and other communication challenges in the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky area through its unique after-school classes in arts and crafts, photography, music, yoga, computers, cooking and life skills.
Special Needs Camps Powel Crosley, Jr. YMCA
Gender of Campers: Coed Name of adaptive program: Adaptive Swim Lessons – “Challengers” When is the program: Saturday mornings (11:50-12:20 pm) Who the program serves: All ages and abilities. Cost: $20 members/$60 program participants Swim lessons for children and adults with disabilities.
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www.myY.org Gender of Campers: Coed Name of adaptive program: Camp Sunshine Dates: June 13-17 and June 20-24 Who the program serves: ages 3-12 (9 a.m.-12 p.m.); ages 13-18 (1 p.m.-4 p.m.) Cost: $65 members/$70 program participants Half day summer camp for children with special needs.
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Wildflower Festival Get wild about flowers! Join us for this fun family event that includes a native plant sale, kids’ activities, a free watercolor painting workshop by local artist Sally Sisson Anderson, a spring flower presentation by the Civic Garden Center, a children's activity area and much more. Free. Delhi Twp Senior Center. 647 Neeb Road, Cincinnati OH. www. westernwildlifecorridor.org. 513-921-9453. American Girl Fashion Show Features performance, meal and souvenirs for children. Benefits Aubrey Rose Hollenkamp Children's Trust Foundation. $35. Music Hall. 1241 Elm St., Cincinnati OH. www.aubreyrose.org. 513-265-5801. Disney's Peter Pan, Jr.
Occurring Daily Through April 3rd. The beloved 1953 Disney animated classic, Peter Pan, featuring the boy who won't grow up, comes to the stage for the very first time! Join us on a magical flight to Neverland with Peter, Tinkerbell, The Lost Boys, Tiger Lily and the oh-so-sneaky Captain Hook. This is a theatrical world premiere! Taft Theatre. 5th & Sycamore Streets. www.thechildrenstheatre.com. (513)569-8080.
Cincinnati Reds Opening Night! Support the Reds as they take on the Milwaukee Brewers! First 20,000 fans receive a Reds fleece blanket! Post-game fireworks show with soundtrack starting approximately 15 minutes after the end of the game. Prices vary Per Ticket. Great American Ball Park. 100 Joe Nuxhall Way, Cincinnati OH. www.reds.com. 513-381-REDS. 38 CINCINNATI PARENT * APRIL 2011
Eastern Hills Twins or More Club’s Kids' Spring/Summer Clothing & Equipment Sale Come check out our annual sale! Half-price sale starts at 11am! See you there! $1.00 door charge. Cash ONLY. All sales final!. 1500 Nagel Road, Anderson Hills OH. www.ehmotc.com. Everything For Kids Sale Children's clothing, toy and equipment sale. Bring empty laundry basket to carry purchases. Packages, backpacks, diaper bags, strollers, etc. may be inspected at checkout. Presented by Northern Kentucky Mothers of Twins Club. 8:00 p.m. $1. Notre Dame Academy. 1699 Hilton Drive, Covington KY. www.ndapandas.org. 859-816-5640. Free Stargazes at Stonelick State Park This is a great opportunity to view planets, galaxies, nebulae, star clusters and stars. It is also a good chance to see many different types of telescopes in action, ask questions and become involved in the fascinating world of astronomy. Free and great for all ages. Begins at Dusk. FREE. Stonelick State Park. 2895 Lake Dr, Pleasant Plain OH. www.cincinnatiobservatory.org. (513) 321-5186. Sprouts in the Kitchen Shake it up Salad Every Saturday, we will take kids age 5-12 on a fun food adventure while teaching them about good nutrition! Today we’ll create a delicious salad made by you!. FREE. Whole Foods. 5805 Deerfield Blvd, Mason OH. www.wholefoodsmarket.com/mason. (513) 398-9358.
Cincinnati Reds vs. Milwaukee Brewers Support the Reds as they take on the Milwaukee Brewers! First 20,000 fans receive refrigerator and car magnet featuring the "Sparky" patch worn by the players. PLUS Bark in the Park #1: Ticket packages available for dogs and their owners with pet activities, samples and more in the Fan Zone. Varies Per Ticket. Great American Ball Park. 100 Joe Nuxhall Way, Cincinnati OH. www.reds.com. 513-381-REDS.
Early Spring Creek Walk Explore for evidence of spring life and for fossils from 450 million years ago. See evidence of the power of water. The trail to the creek has steep sections, and we’ll also be walking on rocks in the creek, so wear sturdy shoes and be prepared for mud. Meet at the shelter parking lot. FREE. McFarlan Woods. 3040 Westwood Northern Blvd, Cincinnati OH. Cincinnatiparks.com. 513-542-2909. Sensory Sunday: Stories, Songs and Fun for You and Your Little One Private interactive playgroup for Jewish families with children 18 months and younger in which at least one parent is Jewish! These playgroups are free and feature the popular Miss Meliss, who keeps babies and their parents engaged and entertained with her unique brand of fun. Play dates always include a snack. Shalom Family is an initiative of The Mayerson Foundation for families in the Jewish Community with children 10 & under. FREE. The Gymboree. 5595 Deerfield Boulevard, Mason OH. www.myshalomfamily.org. 513-703-3343.
Spring Preschool Nature Camp - Nature's Babies Children 4 and up, who have not yet attended Kindergarten, should sign up early for these popular Preschool camps. A different nature topic is presented each week through games, crafts, stories, music and short hikes. Also meet some baby animals Paid registration required by March 31. Call 231-8678 for information. Fee: $55.00 city resident / $65.00 non- resident for the Spring. California Woods Nature Preserve. 5400 Kellogg Ave., Cincinnati OH. Cincinnatiparks.com. 231-8678.
The Discipline Solution: How to stop nagging, pleading and punishing so you can enjoy time with your child Does it feel as if you’ve tried everything but your children still don’t behave? Do you battle over the same issues time after time? If you are tired of nagging, punishing and pleading and want to have a more positive relationship with your child, then this workshop is for you. Regis-
ter online today! $15 per person. Beech Acres Parenting Center. 6881 Beechmont Avenue, Cincinnati OH. BeechAcres.org/classes. (513) 231-6630.
Circus Experience: Join the Circus for a night Bring your child to join the circus for a night at our Studio in Clifton Ohio. He can learn and see some of the skills that we perform on a daily basis like ballooning and juggling. Please RSVP by phone to 513-921-5454 . Free. Essex Studios. 501 Minnesota Street, Cincinnati Ohio. www. amazingportablecircus.com/. 513-921-5454.
Family Clay Classes with Star Glazers! Come for Family Clay Classes at Miami Township Civic Center! Create your masterpiece on day 1 and then paint your creation on day 2! Miami Township Civic Center. 6101 Meijer Drive, Milford OH. www.starglazers.com. 513-474-6364. Story Time with Miss Gail Get ready for silly stories, fun fingerplays, and sing-alongs with Miss Gail! free and open to our friends ages 2 and up. Blue Manatee Children's Bookstore. 3054 Madison Road, Cincinnati OH. www.bluemanateebooks.com. 513-731-2665.
Brain Balance Parent Lecture At the lecture you will learn about the exciting Brain Balance Program and how it can help your child succeed academically, socially and behaviorally. Seating is limited. For attending you will receive Dr. Melillo's book Disconnected Kids. We look forward to seeing you!. FREE. Brain Balance Center Of Cincinnati. 12084 Montgomery Rd, Cincinnati OH. www. brainbalancecenters.com. 513-257-0705. 3rd annual Great Open Jump Jump for FREE with a donation to Autism Speaks and take advantage of special one night only specials. Money raised with help support children affected by autism, their families and researchers working to find an answer. Pump It Up is a proud supporter of Autism Speaks. Donation required. Pump It Up. 7724 Service Center Dr., West Ches-
April 2011 Calendar of Events
09 ter OH. www. pumpitupparty.com/ oh/west-chester. Call 513.829.7867.
Wizard of Oz Ongoing Through Sunday, April 10th. Spring musical based on "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” book by L. Frank Baum, instead of the major motion picture. $10. College of Mount St. Joseph. 5701 Delhi Road, Cincinnati OH. www.msj.edu. 513-244-4220.
Fitton Family Friday: Barbara Bailey Hutchison Fitton Family Fridays feature entertainment geared to kids of all ages, from preschoolers to teenagers—including parents who are still kids at heart. This family concert will be a “dance in your seat, clap your hands, sing-a-long, interactive event.” Adults: $10/members; $12/non. Children (up to age 16): $5/member. Fitton Center for Creative Arts. 101 South Monument Avenue, Hamilton OH. www.fittoncenter.org. (513) 863-8873. Robin Hood Ongoing through Saturday, April 9th. A musical extravaganza (A poperetta!). 8:00 p.m. A- $28 B-$23 Senior-$18 Student-$10. Notre Dame Academy. 1699 Hilton Drive, Covington KY. www.kyso.org. 859-431-6216.
Disney's Peter Pan, Jr. The beloved 1953 Disney animated classic, Peter Pan, featuring the boy who won't grow up, comes to the stage for the very first time! Join us on a magical flight to Neverland with Peter, Tinkerbell, The Lost Boys, Tiger Lily and the oh-sosneaky Captain Hook. This is a theatrical world premiere! Taft Theatre. 5th & Sycamore Streets. www.thechildrenstheatre.com. (513)569-8080. Easter Egg Hunt Egg-cellent activities for children ages 1-10 including crafts, face painting and an Easter egg hunt. Boys and girls are welcome. No reservations are needed. Mother of Mercy High School. 3036 Werk Road, Cincinnati OH. www.motherofmercy.org/FutureBobcats. 513-661-2740.
10 Egg Drop Test your engineering skills in our egg drop competition. We’ll provide all the materials—you provide the design. Protect your egg from the greatest fall and take home a prize! These interactive family workshops are designed for 9 to 15-year-olds! Museum admission is not included in the workshop fee. $5 per child, per session for members; $7 per child per session. Cincinnati Museum Center. 1301 Western Avenue, Cincinnati OH. www.cincymuseum.org. (513) 287-7021. Health & Fitness Day for Autism Do you know someone with Autism or Aspergers? Help them ignite a long-lasting passion for a health and fitness routine. Activities include cooking, cycling, yoga, home exercise and soccer, plus receive information on baseball, horseback riding, skiing and swimming. FREE. Trihealth Fitness & Pavilion. 6200 Pfeiffer Rd # 1, Cincinnati OH. familieswithasd.org. 513-444-4979. The Princess Who Lost Her Hair What does a lowly bird know about the coming weather? How can you dream when your most valued possession is snatched away? Now the fate of the entire kingdom rests with a hungry beggar boy, named Muoma, and only his dream holds the secret to saving the land. Grades 3-8. 7 Adult/ $5 Child 12 and younger. Fairfield Community Arts Center. 411 Wessel Drive, Fairfield OH. www.fairfield-city.org. 513-867-5348. Second Saturday at Mount Washington ArtWorks Join us for an exhibit and free class at our beautiful art studio the Second Saturday of every month. Make an art project, enjoy refreshments, and view an art class in session. All free. All ages welcome. Free. Mount Washington ArtWorks. 6450 Sherman, Anderson Township OH. cincinnatiartclasses.com. 513 232-3738. Kite Fest Occurring through Sunday, April 10th. Chicago Fire choreographed kite team, open fly areas, kitemaking, animals from the Cincinnati Zoo and food. Shuttle provided for parking in lots across road from park. Free. Voice of America Park. Cox Road at VOA Park Drive, West Chester
16 OH. www.butlercountymetroparks.org. (513)241-8282.
Kite Day at Woodland Mound April is Kite Month! We encourage children and adults to come fly with us! If you don’t have a kite or don’t know how to fly one, we can help. Enjoy the afternoon at the park, bring your lunch for a picnic or buy lunch while you’re here. Learn about kites in the visitor center where you can also purchase kites and accessories. While at the park you can enjoy other park activities, such as the playgrounds, golf disc course and hiking trails. Woodland Mound. 8250 Old Kellogg Rd, Cincinnati OH. GreatParks.org. (513) 825- 6467. CSO Presents: Pictures at an Exhibition One of classical music's most beloved works. Perfect for ages 6-18 NOTE: A longer version of this program also repeats FRI APR 8 @ 11 am and SAT APR 10 @ 8 pm. Times: 3:00 PM Phone: 513-381-3300 Location: Music Hall. 1241 Elm St., Cincinnati, OH 45202 www.cincinnatisymphony.org/
Cincinnati International Wine Festival Grand Tastings Occurring through April 13th. New, rare and exciting wines from around the world. Food and music. Includes all tastings, food and Riedel wine glass. Benefits Cincinnati International Wine Festival. $60-$75/day. Duke Energy Convention Center. 525 Elm St., Cincinnati OH. www. duke-energycenter.com. 513-723-9463.
Recycled Art Show Kickoff Calling all artists ages 4 - 14 years old! Join us as we celebrate Earth Month with a Recycled Object Art Show! Our opening reception will include refreshments and the opportu-
23 nity for you to drop off your artwork. The artwork will stay on display in our store until the awards ceremony April 22nd. FREE. Whole Foods. 5805 Deerfield Blvd, Mason OH. www.wholefoodsmarket.com/mason. (513) 398-9358.
Cooking Class - Quick & Easy Kids Snack Ideas It’s 3:30, dinner is 2 hours away and the kids are searching for snacks. This class will be filled with great recipes that the kids will love, and food you’ll love giving them. In this demonstration class, we’ll have delicious bites and the recipes for you to take home. FREE. Whole Foods. 5805 Deerfield Blvd, Mason OH. www.wholefoodsmarket.com/mason. (513) 398-9358. Story Time with Miss Gail Get ready for silly stories, fun fingerplays, and sing-alongs with Miss Gail! free and open to our friends ages 2 and up. Blue Manatee Children's Bookstore. 3054 Madison Road, Cincinnati OH. www.bluemanateebooks.com. 513731-2665.
Family Jump Time Spend some quality with your kids at Pump It Up. Come play on our giant, soft, funfilled interactive inflatables during our evening Pop-In Playtime! Share quality time and promote physical fitness while bouncing, sliding, climbing and jumping at Pump It Up. Call Us For Details! $7.00 per child. Pump It Up. 7724 Service Center Dr., West Chester OH. www.pumpitupparty.com/ oh/west-chester. Call 513.829.7867.
Cincinnati Reds vs. Pittsburg Pirates Support the Reds as they take on the Pirates!. Varies Per Ticket. Great American Ball Park. 100 Joe Nuxhall Way, Cincinnati OH. www.reds.com. 513-381-REDS. CINCINNATIPARENT.COM 39
Family Passover Fun
Join our welcoming community for stories, songs and fun activities. Please RSVP by email/phone by April 11th. Everyone is welcome! (For Families with Children Ages 6 & Under). Congregation Beth Adam. 10001 Loveland-Madeira Rd., Loveland OH. bethadam.org. 513-985-0400.
Lilyâ€™s Purple Plastic Purse Presented by Playhouse In the Park -recommended for ages 5 and up. One-of-a-kind Lilly, the spunky little mouse, one day brings her new magical, musical purple plastic purse to school. Trouble at school and resentment about a new baby brother set Lilly on adventures that teach important lessons about family, friendship, and forgiveness. Grove Banquet Hall. 9158 Winton Road, Cincinnati OH. www.springfieldtwp.org. 513-522-1410. Syrian Shrine Circus Occurring daily through Sunday, April 17th. With three rings of affordable, family fun and the only three-ring circus act in town, the Syrian Shrine Circus will thrill fans of all ages. Come see the death-defying aerial acts, animal attractions including tigers and elephants and of course, the hilarious Shrine Circus clowns. Adult tickets are priced at $18 and $22 while kids 12 and under. Cincinnati Gardens. 2250 Seymour Ave., Cincinnati OH. www.syrianshrine.org/circus.html. 513-751-4717.
2011 March for Babies Ongoing through Sunday, April 17th. Please join us for a 3 mile walk in Miami Meadows Park supporting the March of Dimes. When you walk in March for Babies, you give hope to the more than half a million babies born too soon each year. And it funds research to find answers to the problems that threaten our babies. Weâ€™ve been walking since 1970 and have raised an incredible $2 billion to benefit all babies. Miami Meadows Park. 1546 State Rte. 131, Milford OH. marchforbabies.org. 513-769-3588. Cincinnati Earth Day Celebration Come to celebrate the 41st Earth Day Celebration! Dozens of hands-on environmental exhibitor displays, rock-climbing wall, kayak Paddle Safety Pool, ORSANCO's aquarium, petting zoo, puppet show, recycled costume contest, entertainment from local bands, food and more. Attendees invited to bring batteries for free recycling!. Free. Sawyer Point. www.cincinnati-oh.gov. 513-569-7737. Easter Extravaganza The Easter Bunny makes a special visit! Children invited to make crafts, decorate cookies, have faces painted and play games. Miami Township Civic Center. 6101 Meijer Drive, Milford OH. www.miamitwpoh.gov. 513-248-3727. Easter Bunny Express 40 CINCINNATI PARENT * APRIL 2011
Ongoing through Sunday, April 17th. Hop aboard LM&M Railroad's 2011 Easter Bunny Express! All children will receive a special gift and have the opportunity to meet the Easter Bunny, participate in an Easter egg hunt as well as activity games. Parents be sure to bring your camera to capture this special moment! Adults: $18.50, Seniors (62+): $15.50, Children (5-16): $15.50,. Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad. 127 South Mechanic Street, Lebanon OH. www.lebanonrr.com. (513) 933-8022.
Eggstravaganza Come to the Beach for an Easter egg hunt and photos with the Easter Bunny! Plus, Special InPark 2011 Season Pass Specials available this day only!!. See website for details. The Beach Waterpark. 2590 Waterpark Drive, Mason OH. thebeachwaterpark.com. 513-398-SWIM. Parents, Kids & Boundaries: How to Draw the Line Testing limits is how children grow and learn. How parents set boundaries with their children is an important aspect of the parent-child relationship. Featuring Jane Bluestein, Ph.D., come find out why and learn about her 20 relationship building techniques that will work with children of any age! Register Today! Limited Seating! $35 per ticket or $30 each for two or more. Beech Acres Parenting Center. 6881 Beechmont Avenue, Cincinnati OH. www. ForTheLoveofKids.org. (513) 231-6630. SaturnDay! Mars may get the headlines, but no planet is more breathtaking than Saturn. The Lord of the Rings takes center stage at the Observatory for Saturndays. There will be programs about Saturn, tours of the buildings and viewing through the historic 1843 and 1904 telescopes (weather permitting). Great for all ages. See Saturn at it's best. (Free for members!) Cost: $6 per person. Cincinnati Observatory Center. 3489 Observatory Place, Cincinnati OH. www. cincinnatiobservatory.org. (513) 321-5186. Easter Spectacular: Lunch with the Bunny Ongoing through Sunday, April 17th. Enjoy lunch with the Easter Bunny and a complimentary photo on us! Come for a hay wagon ride to the hunt area for egg collection to receive chocolate bunny treats! $8.95. Parky's Farm Hayloft Barn. 10073 Daly Road, Cincinnati OH. 513-521-7275.
Cincinnati Reds vs. Pittsburg Pirates Support the Reds as they take on the Pirates! First 30,000 fans receive a Team Baseball Card Set featuring premium insert cards. Line up after the game to run the bases, open to fans of all ages!. Varies Per Ticket. Great American Ball Park. 100 Joe Nuxhall Way, Cincinnati OH. www.reds.com. 513-381-REDS. The Tortoise and the Hare Join us for a Pipsqueak Puppet Show and LIVE Petting Zoo this Easter! Also featuring an Easter Egg Hunt and fun cookie decorating! Hope to see you there! $5. 20th Century Theater. 3021 Madison Road, Cincinnati OH. www. the20thcenturytheatre.com. (513)731.8000.
Sensory Sunday: Stories, Songs and Fun for You and Your Little One Private interactive playgroup for Jewish families with children 18 months and younger in which at least one parent is Jewish! These playgroups are free and feature the popular Miss Meliss, who keeps babies and their parents engaged and entertained with her unique brand of fun. Play dates always include a snack. Shalom Family is an initiative of The Mayerson Foundation for families in the Jewish Community with children ten and under. FREE. The Gymboree. 5595 Deerfield Boulevard, Mason OH. www.myshalomfamily.org. 513-703-3343.
Sacred Woman: The Art of Bellydance All levels welcome! Grace Tree Yoga & Growth Studio. 8933 Cincinnati-Dayton Rd, West Chester OH. gracetreestudio.com. 513-759-4458.
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Mediatainment Join us for guided meditation under the stars at Drake Planetarium for a time to relax and rejuvenate. Meditainment involves a blend of proven meditation techniques with stories, music and natural sound effects set under a canopy of moving space images. $7 in advance, $8 at the door; 50% off for Planetarium Members. Drake Planetarium. 2020 Sherman Ave., 4th floor of Norwood High School, Cincinnati OH. www. drakeplanetarium.org. 513-396-5578. HypnoBirthing: A Celebration of Life! ...returns birthing to the beautiful, peaceful, empowering experience nature intended. This unique childbirth series explodes the myth that suffering must accompany labor! To register: call Bethesda at 475-4500 or visit www.trihealth.com . Registration is $200/birthing team/10-week package. Bethesda North Hospital. 10500 Montgomery Rd., Cincinnati OH. www.trihealth. com. 513-475-4500.
Brain Balance Parent Lecture At the lecture you will learn about the exciting Brain Balance Program and how it can help your child succeed academically, socially
and behaviorally. Seating is limited so call today to reserve your seat. For attending you will receive Dr. Melillo's book Disconnected Kids. We look forward to seeing you! FREE. Brain Balance Center Of Cincinnati. 12084 Montgomery Rd, Cincinnati OH. www.brainbalancecenters.com. 513-257-0705.
Earth Art Series Children, ages 3-6, along with parents or caregivers are invited to join us in some fun and messy natural art. Together you and your child will embark on artistic explorations, hikes, stories and of course make some great natural art to take home. Free for members/ $5 for nonmembers. Imago Earth Center. 700 Enright Ave., Cincinnati OH. www.imagoearth.org. 513-921-5124.
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4th Annual thinkGREEN Earth Day Event Don't miss out on the fourth annual thinkGREEN event A fun and educational day for the entire family including music, face-painting, food, activities, door prizes, lectures, vendors and resources - all with one common goal - to educate our community on the environment and learning to live "green". Bring the whole family - we'll have something for everyone. FREE. Marvin's Organic Gardens. 2055 South us Rte. 42, Lebanon OH. www.marvinsorganicgardens.com/earthday11.php. 513-984-8278. Cincinnati Zoo Easter Celebration An egg-citing event for children young and old that includes treat stations throughout the park, children's activities, popular animal egg hunts and visits with the Easter Bunny. Back by popular demand, search for the "Golden Eggs" for a chance to win Amazing Prizes. Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. 3400 Vine St., Cincinnati OH. www.cincinnatizoo.org. 513-281-4700. Easter Egg Hunts & Adult Egg Scramble Have the entire family come out for the 25th Annual Easter Egg Hunt! Children and Teen Egg Hunts (0-17 yrs) invited to redeem the eggs they find in the age-designated areas for a goody bag of prizes and candy. Adult Egg Scramble (ages 18 & up!) features a mass start, adults scramble to gather as many eggs as possible for lots of prizes! Don't forget your camera! $2 per hunt, per person. Riv-
cincinnati zoo easter celebration saturday, april 23 Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens
erside Park. 3969 Round Bottom Road, Cincinnati OH. www.andersonparks.com. 513-388-4513.
Family Fun Saturdays Features hands-on craft activity about a specific architectural style from American history. Activities suitable for children ages 5-10. Coloring activities related to theme available for younger children. All crafts included with admission. $2. Betts House. 416 Clark St., Cincinnati OH. 513-651-0734. Radio Disney at Newport Aquarium Radio Disney will be at the Newport Aquarium from 2 to 4 p.m. with tons of fun, awesome music, and prizes. $22.00 Adults $15.00 Children (ages 2 through 12). Newport Aquarium. One Aquarium Way. www. newportaquarium.com. (859)261-7444.
from the Spitzer Space Telescope and Chandra X-ray Observatory. These images provide both stunning beauty and a wealth of scientific information. Find out interesting facts, like why Cassiopeia A, a supernova in the Milky Way, acts like a pinball machine, or how stars and black holes are formed. $6 in advance, $7 at the door. Free for Planetarium Members with. Drake Planetarium. 2020 Sherman Ave., 4th floor of Norwood High School, Cincinnati OH. www. drakeplanetarium.org. 513-396-5578.
Bring on Spring Open House If you are a stay-at-home mom living in the Maineville/Morrow area, come join the fun! Plant seeds, Crafts, Local fire and po-
lice departments, Petting zoo, Snacks, Frozen treats (available for purchase) and much more!! We will sponsoring a food drive, so everyone bring a non-perishable food item! (donated to the Little Miami Food Bank). Come see what weâ€™re all about!. FREE. Grace Community Presbyterian Church. 6246 Turning Leaf Way, Maineville OH.
Ladies Night Ladies!...grab some friends and come relax and paint with us! Special Pricing for this event and we'll offer drink specials, 20% OFF merchandise in our boutique and a drawing to win a FREE painting session! CHEERS! $30.00 / Includes all materials and instruction. Cheers to
Art! 7700 Camargo Road, Madeira OH. www.cheerstoart.com. 513-271-2793.
Kidz Night A fun night just for your little artists - Paint a Mother's day Gift For MOM! Drop off your 6- 12 yr old for pizza, games, crafts, and Pottery Painting! Reservations requested. $25 per child/ $20 addl. Sibling. 7754 Camargo Rd., Madeira OH. www.mymadpotter.com/Madeira/. 513-561-1888. Cincinnati Reds vs. Florida Marlins Support the Reds as they take on the Marlins!. Varies Per Ticket. Great American
Easter Bunny Express Hop aboard LM&M Railroad's 2011 Easter Bunny Express! All children will receive a special gift and have the opportunity to meet the Easter Bunny, participate in an Easter egg hunt as well as activity games. Parents be sure to bring your camera to capture this special moment! Adults: $18.50, Seniors (62+): $15.50, Children (5-16): $15.50,. Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad. 127 South Mechanic Street, Lebanon OH. www.lebanonrr.com. (513) 933-8022.
Easter Brunch in the Park Hop to the Easter Brunch in the Park! Start a new family tradition with a fabulous Sunday brunch. Our buffet offers over 25 items, carving station and omelet bar. This event fills up quickly, so please make your reservation early!. Adults are $15.75 and Children age two to 12 are $7.95 plus tax. Mill Race Banquet Center at Winton Woods Golf Course. 1515 West Sharon Road, Cincinnati OH. GreatParks.org. (513) 825- 6467. Rollergirls in Orbit The Famous, Fabulous, Cincinnati Rollergirls will put on a free demo at the Observatory. Celebrate a unique Easter Day event complete with Easter Egg Hunt, Safe Solar Viewing, and meet the Rollergirls! Free, No reservations needed. Cincinnati Observatory Center. 3489 Observatory Place, Cincinnati OH. www.cincinnatiobservatory.org. (513) 321-5186.
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Music Cafe An evening at Music CafĂŠ is like music to your ears. Literally. Featuring a wide variety of musical performances of all ages. Come enjoy melodies from all genres, including everything from folk music and worldly sounds to bluegrass and hard rock. FREE. Fitton Center for Creative Arts. 101 South Monument Avenue, Hamilton OH. www. fittoncenter.org/musiccafe.html. (513) 863-8873.
Planetarium Show - Discoveries of the Great Observatories NASA JPL Ambassador, Pam Bowers, takes us on a journey of discovery using images CINCINNATIPARENT.COM 41
Ball Park. 100 Joe Nuxhall Way, Cincinnati OH. www.reds.com. 513-381-REDS.
Final Friday Presented by Merchants of Main Street. Open house of shops and galleries from 12th to Liberty streets. Main Street, Cincinnati OH. 513-241-2690.
Radio Disney at Newport Aquarium Radio Disney will be at the Newport Aquarium from 2 to 4 p.m. with tons of fun, awesome music, and prizes. $22.00 Adults $15.00 Children (ages 2-12). Newport Aquarium. One Aquarium Way. www. newportaquarium.com. (859)261-7444.
Sprouts in the Kitchen - No Bake Granola Balls Every Saturday, we will take kids age 5-12 on a fun food adventure while teaching them about good nutrition! Today we’ll make a yummy treat that’s perfect for taming those little monsters – no oven required! FREE. Whole Foods. 5805 Deerfield Blvd, Mason OH. www.wholefoodsmarket.com/mason. (513) 398-9358.
Sesame Street Live: Elmo's Green Thumb
Arts Fest Indoor art show with street-fair flavor celebrating local artists and unique handcrafted art. Free. Newport on the Levee. 1 Levee Way, Newport KY. www.newportonthelevee.com. 859-261-5770.
Sunny isn't just the weather forecast - it’s also the name of Elmo’s sunf lower friend. Join Elmo and friends on an adventure as they help him f ind a new home for Sunny. Bank of Kentucky Center. 500 Nunn Drive, Northern Kentucky University,
Highland Heights KY. www.bankofkentuckycenter.com. 800-745-3000.
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Cirque Du Soleil OVO Occurring Daily (except Mon) Beginning Thursday, April 21, 2011 Through Sunday, May 08, 2011. OVO is a headlong rush into a colourful ecosystem teeming with life, where insects work, eat, crawl, flutter, play, fight and look for love in a non-stop riot of energy and movement. Prices start at $45 for adults. Coney Island. 6201 Kellogg Ave., Cincinnati OH. www.cirquedusoleil.com. 513-232-8230. DAVID ROGERS’ BIG BUGS! Occurring Daily (except Mon) Beginning Saturday, April 30, 2011 Through Sunday, August 21, 2011. Things are definitely getting “buggy” at the Hamilton County Park District! Visit the “invasion” at Glenwood Gardens where you will find over a dozen of these larger-than-life bugs throughout the park. Be sure to try your best “jitter bug” at any of the four evening concerts during the event, see bugs on the big screen during a special movie night, learn all about a bugs life with exciting guest speakers and programs, “crawl” your way through the Big Bugs 5k Run/ Walk and more! So join the invasion and get your David Rogers’ Big Bugs tickets today! Glenwood Gardens. 10397 Springfield Pike, Woodlawn OH. GreatParks.org/BigBugs. (513) 521-7275. Penguin Palooza Occurring Daily Through Sunday, May 1st. It’s a penguin party, and everyone is invited! Penguin Palooza promises loads of penguin fun and the most diverse group of cold weather penguins this side of the South Pole and will feature new species, a new habitat for the birds and new interactive opportunities for guests. $22.00 for adults; $15.00 for children (ages 2-12); children under 2 are free. Newport Aquarium. One Aquarium Way, Newport KY. www.newportaquarium.com. (859)261-7444. Shrek the Musical Occurring Daily (except Mon) Beginning Tuesday, April 12th Through Sunday, April 24th. Based on the Oscar®-winning DreamWorks film that started it all, brings the hilarious story of everyone's favorite ogre to life the stage. Featuring a terrific score of 19 all-new songs, big laughs, great dancing and breathtaking scenery, SHREK THE MUSICAL is part romance, part twisted fairy tale and
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all irreverent fun for everyone! $22-$64. Aronoff Center for the Arts. 650 Walnut Street, Cincinnati OH. www.cincinnatiarts.org. 513-621-5282.
The Amazing American Circus Poster Occurring Daily (except Mon) Through Sunday, July 10th. Featuring 80 circus posters created between 1878 and 1939, along with materials related to circus advertising by Cincinnati-based Strobridge Lithographing Company. Free. Cincinnati Art Museum. 953 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati OH. www. cincinnatiartmuseum.org. 513-721-2787. Tunes and Blooms at the Cincinnati Zoo Ongoing Every Thursday during the month of April. See a collection of Cincinnati's finest and most respected music veterans playing together in the Zoo's beautiful gardens, for FREE. Why tip-toe through the tulips when you can rock the garden? (Admission is free after 5pm. Parking is $8.00). Rain or shine! Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. 3400 Vine St., Cincinnati OH. www.cincinnatizoo.org. 513-281-4700. The Butterflies of Brazil Occurring Daily (except Mon) Beginning Saturday, April 16th Through Sunday, June 26th. The Cincinnati Park Board presents its 16th annual Butterfly Show at the Krohn Conservatory–featuring the fascinating styles, sounds, and soul of Brazil. The show brings to Cincinnati the vibrant modernism, lush tropical flora and fauna, and the mystery of AfroBrazilian folklore. Get "up close and personal" with an amazing array of butterflies from exotic Brazil. $6, $5 seniors, $4 children, free under age 4. Krohn Conservatory. 1501 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati OH. www.cincinnatiparks. com/krohn-conservatory. 513-421-5707. Tornado Alley Occurring Daily Through Tuesday, May 31st. Get swept away into the beauty and raw power of some of the most dangerous and breathtaking weather events in the world premiere of Tornado Alley. Join Sean Casey, star of the Discovery Channels Storm Chaser series, on a heart-
pounding mission to understand the origins, structure and evolution of tornadoes. Show times vary. Members Adult: $5.50, Child: $4.50, Senior: $5.50, Non-Members A. Cincinnati Museum Center. 1301 Western Avenue, Cincinnati OH. www.cincymuseum.org. 1.800.733.2077.
Zoo Blooms at the Cincinnati Zoo Occurring Daily Through Saturday, April 30th. The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden will transform into a magnificent explosion of color when Zoo Blooms kicks off this spring. The zoo promises to be a palette of artistic color with a combination of more than 93,000 tulips. As one of only two accredited botanical gardens in Ohio, the Cincinnati Zoo offers one of the largest tulip displays in the Midwest. Dubbed “Tulip Mania.” Free with admission. Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. 3400 Vine St., Cincinnati OH. www.cincinnatizoo.org. 513-281-4700.
tra’s time and will take you inside the present-day search for the elusive queen, which extends from the sands of Egypt to the depths of the Bay of Aboukir near Alexandria. $23 adult, $15 child, and $19 senior; with discounts for Members. Cincinnati Museum Center. 1301 Western Avenue, Cincinnati OH. www.cincymuseum.org.1.800.733.2077.
Jr Chef Weekly Classes Occurring Every Tue, Wed, Thu & Sat Through Tuesday, June 7th. Designed to allow creativity to mesh with culinary techniques for exciting results! Ages 5-12. Reservation and Registration required. $30. Young Chefs Academy. 6649 Western Row Rd, Mason OH. www.youngchefsacademy.com/cincinnati. 513-549-2433. After-School Drama Program Occurring Every Tue & Thu through Saturday, April 16th. For ages 10-13. Classes will encompass acting, improvisation, theatre skills and a final performance on the Covedale Center for the Performing Arts stage! Target class size is 25 participants. Admission the program is on a firstcome basis. Registration is available immediately. $175.00 for 12 sessions plus performance. The Covedale Center for the Performing Arts. 4990 Glenway Avenue, Cincinnati OH. www.cincinnatilandmarkproductions.com. 513-241-6550. Cleopatra: The Search for the Last Queen of Egypt Occurring Daily Through Monday, September 5th. The world of Cleopatra VII has been lost to the sea and sand for nearly 2,000 years. The exhibition features nearly 150 artifacts from Cleopa-
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DEEP DISH PIZZA DAy!
NO ORK HOUSEW DAY!
the first McDonalds opened.
On this day in 1837,
Celebration Idea: As a family, volunteer at a local soup kitchen, or help an elderly neighbor.
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Tell A Story Day! Celebration Idea: Ask mom or dad to tell you a story from when they were a child.
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Celebration Idea: Call a friend or family member that you haven't talked to in a while.
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Celebration Idea: Shakespeare wrote plays to be performed! Act out a scene from Romeo & Juliet today!
Celebration Idea: After school, spend time just "hanging out" with your children.
Telephone l ational N Day P r e t ze Day
The first kindergarten was founded.
Teach Your Child to Volunteer Day
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Celebration Idea: Eat lots of fruits and veggies today! Take a walk or bike ride as a family.
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Healthy Kids Day!
Celebration Idea: Thomas Jefferson is credited Celebration Idea: with bringing macaroni to Watch your favorite funny movie or share a silly the U.S....celebrate today joke with your friends! with mac and cheese!.
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the first library was opened.
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Celebration Idea: Spend time with your brother or sister today! Play each other's favorite game or watch each other's favorite movie!
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national Barbershop SIBLING DAY!
On this day in 1833,
Ponce de Leon Day
Celebration Idea: Draw a map of your neighborhood complete with all of your favorite spots!
Celebration Idea: Hashbrowns at breakfast, fries at lunch and pototo soup for dinner!
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Watch out for pranks!
FIND A RAINBOW DAY!
Dance Day! Celebration Idea: Make up a dance to your favorite song!
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